TARC route cuts begin

The Transit Authority of River City began its round of route and service cuts today, which it were originally announced in February to help fill a projected $5.5 million revenue shortfall. The four routes serving Bashford Manor, Hurstbourne Parkway, Indian Trail and River Road were eliminated and there were service reductions to 20 others.

Initially, the public transit provider had proposed eliminating 20 routes and reducing service on 17 other bus lines to close that deficit, but public outrage from riders about potential route and service cuts forced TARC officials to modify their recommendations to the board.

Among the many groups of riders troubled by the proposed cuts were residents in the Portland neighborhood, who drafted a letter to Barry Barker, executive director of TARC with a proposal that suggested combining routes to preserve bus service in the area. Earlier this year, both the 12th and 22nd Street lines that connect the west Louisville community to southern Indiana and other main routes had been proposed for elimination.

The busing system was able to salvage all express routes by raising fares by $1, which will take effect in July 1 to keep those important routes running.