Several transportation options available for Derby-goers headed to Churchill Downs
You've bought the perfect hat and picked your Derby horse. Now it's time to decide how you'll get to Churchill Downs for Oaks and Derby weekend.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You've bought the perfect hat and picked your Derby horse. Now it's time to decide how you'll get to Churchill Downs for Oaks and Derby weekend.
The days leading up to the Kentucky Derby put local transportation services and workers to the test.
One option for Derby-goers starts Friday at 6 p.m, when you can ride TARC for free.
"People don't have to worry about paying a fare. They don't have to worry about driving home. Get on a bus, be safe," said Barry Barker, TARC Executive Director.
On Derby day, all regular fares apply. A one-way ticket costs you $1.75.
And if the bus isn't your thing, how about a taxi?
"We'll have 95 cars on the road," said Michael Cregan, General Manager of Taxi7.
This is Taxi7's first year in town for the Kentucky Derby. Cregan says drivers are ready, but reminds riders to be patient.
"It will be important that you plan your ride to the track, plan to there early, get out to the track early, get your transportation early. There will be a very high demand for taxi cabs," he said.
Keep in mind, cab rates are set by the city.
Popular ride-share services are also an option. Drivers with companies like Uber and Lyft offer another way to get around without having to drive yourself or park.
On Saturday, Lyft officials say new passengers can use the code "THEDERBY16" to receive $5 off their first 10 rides.
Uber drivers are also ready to go, but with both services, expect a surcharge during peak times. Uber officials say to estimate your fare before ordering a ride.
And if you prefer driving yourself, how about a spot in someone's front yard?
"We live here at 538 Longfield," said Heather Peters. "It's directly across from Gate 8 on the backside of the track."
If you drive around the track, you'll notice lots of people offering up their lawns to Derby-goers.
"We are charging $50 for the front of our yard and $40 for the back," said Peters. "We have easy access around the house and restrooms."
Kentucky Expo Center is also offering parking with shuttles to the track.
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