The Transit Authority of River City released another round of extinct routes in its ongoing effort to shore up a $5.5 million budget shortfall, and the list is about as awful as you can imagine. Additionally, TARC will raise the $1.50 express route fare to $2.50, which is also good news for people without cars or money. From a press release:
The slate of schedule reductions will save TARC an estimated $3.5 million and the fare increase is expected to generate enough revenue to keep all express routes operating. In March, 12 of 16 express routes had been proposed for elimination. Many express riders who attended the public hearings March 9 through 11 said they would pay more to keep the express service.
The other changes approved by the board today are the elimination of four local routes and service reductions on 20. Another eight routes will have some route adjustments. Maps showing new routes and a chart showing the changes to all routes are attached.
Besides continuing the express routes, the board also voted to preserve Route #12 – Twelfth Street and Route #22- Twenty-second Street. The #58 – Bashford Manor –Oxmoor will be eliminated but a one-day shopper shuttle to Bashford Manor and Oxmoor Mall will take its place so that seniors in the area will have access to shopping.
The elimination of the Fourth Street Trolley and service reductions on the Main-Market Trolley are on hold while a proposal for outside funding is developed.
Click through for a list of eliminated and atrophied routes.The board voted to eliminate the following four routes:
#80 Hurstbourne Parkway
#59 River Road
#35 Indian Trail
#58 Bashford Manor/Oxmoor.
The following 20 routes will see service reductions effective June 6:
#2 Second Street
#4 Fourth Street
#6 Sixth Street
#17 Bardstown Road
#19 Muhammad Ali
#21 Chestnut Street
#25 Oak Street
#27 Hill Street
#29 Eastern Parkway
#37X Iroquois Park Express
#45X Okolona Express
#49X Westport Express
#50X Dixie Express
#52 Medical Center Circulator
#54X Manslick Express
#66X Mt. Washington-Shepherdsville Express
#67X Oldham 1-71 Express#72 Clarksville-New Albany.
#75 Bluegrass Industrial Shuttle