Metro Council may fund extra bus service for seasonal employees in Riverport
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott wants to use some of her discretionary money to help seasonal employees get from her western Louisville district to warehouse jobs in the Riverport industrial park in southwest Jefferson County.
Scott is seeking to direct $8,320 to TARC to increase service on the No. 19 bus route, which runs from St. Matthews to western Louisville and makes extended trips to Riverport on weekdays.
Scott's request is on the agenda for today's meeting of the council's appropriations committee.
The extra service is particularly to help CafePress' seasonal employees arrive and leave in sync with their shifts, TARC director Barry Barker said in a letter describing use of the funds.
CafePress has a huge warehouse in Riverport for customizing t-shirts, clocks and other items ordered online. The company planned to hire 1,200 to 1,300 temporary workers to help process orders for its peak period from mid-November to Christmas, CEO Bob Marino said earlier this year.
The extra service would run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 24, according to Barker's letter, dated Nov. 14.
TARC has already started providing the service on the assumption that the funding will be approved, TARC spokeswoman Kay Stewart said.
The bus route normally reaches Riverport only in the morning from 6:38 am to 8:30 am and in the afternoon from 3:30 pm to 5 pm on weekdays, according to TARC's schedule. TARC has added an extra morning trip, arriving at 5:45 am, and an extra evening trip leaving at 6:15 pm. The extra trips provide service only between Riverport and the Chestnut Street/Liberty Street stop.
Scott did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.
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