TARC fares go electronic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Greater Louisville's public transit system, TARC, is switching over to electronic fare collection.
Starting this summer, the pre-paid smartcard will replace paper vouchers and largely do away with cash fares.
TARC Executive Director Barry Barker says all the major U.S. cities already use similar systems, and it's time Louisville joined the movement.
"The old system was, frankly, obsolete and breaking down," he said.
Barker says the change will only make the loading process smoother. It will alleviate the drivers' duties and allow them to focus more on operating the bus rather than distributing and collecting fares.
"If we can get everybody using this, it's so much easier to get everybody on the bus," said Barker. "So [the rider] isn't sitting on the corner while everybody's counting their pennies."
Barker says the card is easy to use. Simply log onto TARC's website and load your card with money. Once you get on the bus, you'll tap the card over a sensor. The sensor will then deduct your fare and tell you how much money remains on your card.
"People don't have to worry, 'Do I have exact change? How much does it cost? What am I doing?'" he said. "All they need to do is tap their smart card and away they ride."
Cash will still be accepted on all buses. However, the fare will be $1.75 per ride as opposed to $1.50 with the smartcard.
TARC assures they are doing all they can to educate riders of all ages and demographics.
Public comment sessions will take place through November 21. Below is the list of upcoming events:
Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Jeffersonville Township Library Clarksville Branch, 1312 Eastern Blvd. Clarksville, Ind. 12-2 p.m.
Thursday, November 14, 2013: Nia Center 1st floor lobby, 2900 Broadway Louisville, Ky. 4-7 p.m.
Saturday, November 16, 2013: Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch, 301 York St., 10 a.m.-2p.m.
Monday, November 18, 2013: Louisville Free Public Library Newburg Branch, 4800 Exeter Ave., 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013: East Government Center, 200 Juneau Dr., 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013: Southwest Government Center Courtroom, 7219 Dixie Highway, 5-7 p.m.
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