News and Tribune

January 24, 2014

TARC unveils new ‘65X’ route to Sellersburg

Route will go directly from Ivy Tech to downtown Louisville

By MATT KOESTERS
matt.koesters@newsandtribune.com

LOUISVILLE — The Transit Authority of River City will provide a new, direct route between Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg and locations in downtown Louisville beginning Monday, according to TARC officials.

The route will be complimentary between Jan. 27 and Feb. 14 to encourage commuters who have not used TARC to try the new express route, which is being referred to as 65X.

The route will feature TARC’s eTran commuter coaches, which offer free wi-fi onboard, outlets for charging phones and other mobile devices, and overhead storage. The eTran commuter coaches are funded through the Bridges Project, and are designed to provide a more comfortable, productive ride, according to a TARC press release.

“We believe this route will be a convenient new commuting tool, and we want the community to give us a try, especially during this complimentary trial period,” said Barry Barker, TARC executive director. “The eTran commuter coaches can become a mobile work space for our riders, who can actually get some work done or catch up on some reading rather than sitting in their cars frustrated with traffic.”

To ride on 65X, commuters from Southern Indiana are encouraged to use a new park-and-ride lot at Ivy Tech. The route will make several stops in downtown Louisville to provide access to central businesses and medical center locations. Other TARC routes can be accessed from those stops.

The service will provide four morning and four afternoon round-trips.

“We know there are plenty of people who live in the vicinity of Ivy Tech who work downtown at places like Humana or the hospitals,” said TARC Communications Manager Jon Reiter. “This gives those professionals an opportunity to catch a ride downtown without worrying about the hassles of finding a parking space or even paying a monthly parking fee at a garage.”

After Feb. 14, one-way fare on the 65X route will cost $2.75 cash, or commuters can purchase a pre-paid monthly express pass for $85, which offers unlimited rides on all TARC routes.

The new eTran commuter coaches that travel the route are part of a $30 million investment in public transportation. The eTran program includes $20 million in funding provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as part of the Bridges Project.

“Over the next four years, TARC’s eTran program will result in a modernized and more environmentally friendly fleet, upgrades to bus stops, new park-and-ride locations, adjustments to routes and improved communications technology for sharing information with riders,” according to a TARC press release.

Maps, schedules, trip planning, pass purchasing and more information is available at www.ridetarc.org.

Ride along

After Feb. 14, one-way fare on the 65X route will cost $2.75 cash or a pre-paid monthly express pass can be purchased for $85 for unlimited rides