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TARC to spend $685k on new bus signs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The city’s public transit agency plans to replace all of its bus stop signs over the next year.

TARC’s board of directors on Monday agreed to spend $684,481 on the project, which involves roughly 5,000 signs in the Louisville area. Route ID numbers will be posted below the signs that feature a new logo introduced last year.

The move is “long overdue,” said Barry Barker, TARC’s executive director.

“Most, if not all of them, look like someone had them for lunch,” he told board members Monday.

The existing signs are at least 10 years old, and TARC-owned posts also will be replaced if needed, said Aida Copic, the agency’s director of planning.

TARC selected Louisville-based Metro Fence Industries Inc. to produce and install the signs. The one-year contract can be renewed for up to two additional years, according to a TARC memo.

Also on Monday, city officials announced a $16.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that will be used to create Louisville’s first “bus rapid transit” line.

The project involves about 15 miles between the Dixie Highway Corridor near the Gene Snyder Freeway and downtown. Plans call for some bus-only lanes, new stops and technology upgrades meant to move buses along the route faster than on typical TARC lines with frequent stops.

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