MyTarc Payment Card

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- TARC is offering free rides this weekend.

The complimentary fares started Friday.

It's in celebration of the launch of TARC's Electronic Fare Collection System, called MyTARC. 

MyTARC lets customers pay with a simple tap of an electronic card. Starting Monday, buses will no longer accept paper tickets or paper passes. 

The new system replaces 20-year old boxes that were causing some system failures.

"This is so easy. It is literally tap, save and go. So, you tap your card, and it is going to help you get on the bus faster. It's going to help you pay much faster, provide you a host of savings and security," says Ferdinand Risco, TARC Interim Executive Director.  

Cash will still be accepted, but fares will be dropped to $1.50 when using a MyTARC card. The cash price is $1.75. 

Riders can purchase and load their cards online, at Union Station or Nia Center. The cards require an initial balance of five dollars in fare.

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