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Schedule changes could be coming soon to main TARC routes in Louisville

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Federal grant funding for TARC's three busiest routes ended more than a year ago so the company is proposing service cutbacks, which will increase wait times. Federal grant funding for TARC's three busiest routes ended more than a year ago so the company is proposing service cutbacks, which will increase wait times.
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- The demand is there but the money isn't.

That's the problem Executive Director of TARC Barry Barker says he's having to deal with.

"What we're doing is we're cutting service and it's very frustrating to us to have to do that because frankly some of the service we're cutting is our most productive,” Barker told WDRB in an interview Wednesday.

Federal grant funding for TARC's three busiest routes ended more than a year ago so the company is proposing service cutbacks, which will increase wait times.

"This will have an impact on people," Barker said. "There's simply not enough service out there. What we see every day and what's frustrating every day is demands for more and more service."

Barker says it's not the most ideal solution.

"We're just not resourced enough to do it the way we'd like to do it," he explained.

But he says other solutions aren't yet available.

"On the federal level, there needs to be an authorization bill, a fully funded long term authorization bill," Barker said.

WDRB asked if increased fares are being considered.

"We're not looking at that right now. That's not part of what we're doing," said Barker.

The demand for the bus is apparent around Louisville.

"I take the bus every day,” said Danielle Nixon, a daily TARC rider.

Nixon doesn't want to have to wait on the bus any longer than she already does.

"It's going to affect me a lot because it's going to be hot or it might be raining,” she told WDRB.

"Just everybody relies on TARC. It's full every morning, and every day when I go home, it's full,” added Chanzed Jackson.

Jackson says he rides the bus daily, sometimes up to 10 times a day.

"I wish they had more money because we need the TARC," he said.

Jackson understands the financial need to cut back but he says it will be a major inconvenience for people like him.

"You probably won't get to where you're going as fast as you'd normally get there but you'll eventually get there. You'll just have to plan a little earlier," he said.

The good news is, you will have several opportunities to share your opinion about the proposed changes.

There will be three public meetings in May.

Tues., May 12
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Louisville Free Public Library Shawnee Branch
3912 West Broadway

Wed., May 13
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch
301 York Street

Wed. May 13
5 - 7 p.m.
Southwest Government Center
7219 Dixie Highway

TARC will take public input on the proposed changes until May 22.

Specific proposed service changes effective Sunday, Aug. 16 are:

#4-Fourth Street – Weekday bus arrival times will be every 13 minutes instead of every 10 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. north of Central Ave. On Saturdays, bus arrival times will be extended from every 20 minutes to every 25 minutes from 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. On Sundays, bus arrival times will be every 25 to 30 minutes all day.

#18-Dixie- Preston Highway – Bus arrival times will remain every 15 minutes on the main parts of the route. On Dixie Highway south of Heaton Road, bus frequency will be reduced from every 15 to every 30 minutes. No changes are proposed on weekends.

#23 – Broadway – From 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. on weekdays, bus arrival times will be extended from every 12 to 13 minutes between Shawnee Park and Bardstown Road and Taylorsville Road. On weekdays, 20 minute bus frequency will begin at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. Service frequency on route branches will be extended from every 36 minutes to every 39 minutes. No changes are proposed on weekends.

#65X - Sellersburg Express – Elimination of a mid-day round trip experiencing low ridership.

#25-Oak-Westport Crosstown – Bus arrival times will be adjusted slightly with no service reductions.

#17-Bardstown Road – The eastbound trip leaving 8th Street and Jefferson Street at 5:06 p.m. will instead leave at 5:11pm.

#40-Taylorsville Road – The westbound trips leaving Michael Edward Drive at 11:31 a.m. and 12:46 p.m will leave 5 minutes later.

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