LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Testing started this week for a new way for TARC passengers to pay for rides with a MyTARC smartcard.

TARC is testing new fare collection boxes on five buses, part of a month-long test period for TARC in anticipation of starting the smartcard program.

The tap-and-go system has been in the planning stages for years. Passengers can buy a MyTARC card online, at the Nia Center and at Union Station. Cards can be reloaded on the buses.

A one-way fare for an adult with the card is $1.50 instead of $1.75 with cash.

“We just want to let people know that this is going to be an amazing opportunity to load your card online, to be able to get around the city much quicker, much faster than you were before and have the convenience and the safety that comes along,” TARC Director of Marketing Russell Goodwin said.

TARC passes and tickets are still accepted. Cash transactions with exact fare are still available at request.

TARC has not yet announced an official launch date for all of the buses.

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