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Millions of dollars in bus improvements could improve safety on Dixie Highway

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- What many call the most dangerous road in Louisville is getting a multi-million dollar upgrade.

The bus routes along Dixie Highway are some of the busiest in the city, so the area is getting a $35 million upgrade to revamp the road, including millions to improve the heavily traveled bus route.

The RAPID Bus Line will include eight new buses with new shelters and real-time traffic information on where they are along their route. It will also provide 15 miles of new service from Valley Station to downtown Louisville.

Metro Councilman Rick Blackwell said improvements to one of the Shively exit ramps has already reduced crashes 80 percent and is an example of what's to come. He said the bus upgrades are part of the overall plan to improve safety and the flow of traffic.

"It will be the best bus line in the city, and it will be something that will really be a model," Blackwell said.

Aida Copic, the Director of Planning for TARC, said the upgrades will make things easier for passengers.

"There are high expectations of this new service, and we certainly expect the ridership will increase, the safety will improve," Copic said.

The new bus line should be running by the end of next year.

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