LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A federal grant will add millions of dollars of improvements to TARC on Dixie Highway.

It’s part of a $28.9 million project called the “Dixie Do-Over” by city leaders aimed at creating a safer and more commuter friendly Dixie Highway.

“We want to make sure that we have multifaceted transportation for improved commuting,” said Louisville Metro Councilman David Yates (D-District 25).

Around $16.9 million is being allocated for the project from the US. Department of Transportation. Riders say anything to make their commute a little bit easier will be welcomed.

"Like right now,” said Tabbitha Dixon. “The last bus was 4:55 and now I'm waiting until 5:38 and it might not come at 5:38 So that's a big gap.”

Of the $16.9 million, around $12 would be dedicated to improvements to the existing TARC routes on Dixie Highway. It would cover about 15 miles – from Dixie Highway at the Gene Snyder Freeway to the KFC Yum! Center – and could involve dedicated bus lanes, new shelters and upgraded buses,

“This money is huge,” Yates said. ”Not just for southwest Louisville but the entire city.”

The grant application says $3.6 million will be allocated to 36 “enhanced stops.” More money will be spent on upgrading buses and adding bus-only lanes.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Third District) said the funds will make the Dixie Highway area “a national model of regional commercial and multi-modal integration.”

The upgrades are expected to be completed by 2018.

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