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April 3, 2014

TARC increasing service for Thunder Over Louisville

10,000 passengers expected to use TARC the day of the event

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The Transit Authority of River City will once again increase service to downtown Louisville and set up post-Thunder boarding areas Saturday, April 12, a plan that is virtually the same as recent years, according to a TARC news release.

About 10,000 passengers are expected to take TARC to downtown Louisville for the annual fireworks and air show event. Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and know their route numbers and stop locations. Yellow signs with route information for Thunder Over Louisville will be posted on board all TARC coaches, designated bus stops and shelters.

Regular, one-way TARC fare is $1.75 for adults and 80 cents for passengers over the age of 65, riders with disabilities and riders between the ages of 6 and 17. TARC ID is required to receive reduced fare, and children 5 and under ride free.

Buses on routes No. 71 — Jeffersonville and No. 72 — Clarksville, which travel to Louisville from Indiana, will not make return trips to Indiana after the fireworks due to the closure of the Clark Memorial Bridge.

Post-event boarding will be restricted to five locations, all within blocks of the waterfront. Buses will operate until 11 p.m. at those locations. Due to traffic, buses have limited access on downtown streets after the event. The boarding locations are designed to keep buses out of heavy traffic as much as possible to get people home faster.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m., more buses will be added on downtown Louisville routes, improving the frequency of bus arrival times at stops and adding capacity. However, as the event draws closer, some downtown routes may see delays due to police barricades and heavy pedestrian traffic.

ROUTES WITH ADDED SERVICE

• No. 4 — Fourth Street

• No. 6 — Sixth Street

• No 15 — Market Street

• No 17 — Bardstown Road

• No. 18 — Preston-Dixie

• No. 19 — Muhammad Ali

• No. 21 — Chestnut Street  

•¨No. 23 — Broadway

• No. 25 — Oak-Westport  

• No. 31 — Middletown

• No. 40 — Taylorsville Road

• No. 43 — Portland-Poplar Level Road

• No. 63 — Crums Lane  

• No. 71 — Jeffersonville-Lousville-New Albany

• No. 72 — Clarksville

SOUTHERN INDIANA DETOURS

In preparation for Thunder Over Louisville, the Clark Memorial Bridge will be closed at the following times:

• Thursday, April 10 — 9:30 a.m. to midnight

• Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 — All day

• Sunday, April 13 — Midnight to 2 p.m.

WHEN BRIDGE IS CLOSED

Route Nos. 71 and 72 northbound coaches will continue on Liberty to Interstate 65 north to Court Avenue exit.

Route No. 71 westbound and No. 72 southbound coaches will continue on Court Avenue to I-65 south to Jefferson/Brook Street exit and follow Jefferson to regular route.

POST-THUNDER BOARDING

Locations listed are the only boarding opportunities after Thunder concludes:

EASTBOUND ROUTES

Boarding on Market Street near Floyd Street:

• No. 15 — Market Street (to LaGrange Road)

• No. 19 — Muhammad Ali (to Oxmoor and Lyndon)

• No. 31 — Middletown.

Boarding on Liberty near Floyd Street:

• No. 17 — Bardstown Road (to Fern Creek and Sebree)

• No. 21 — Chestnut (to Bashford Avenue)

• No. 23 — Broadway (to Jeffersontown and Breckenridge Plaza)

• No. 40 — Taylorsville Road

• No. 25 — Oak-Westport Crosstown

WESTBOUND ROUTES

Boarding on Main west of Ninth Street:

• No. 15 — Market Street (to Shawnee Park)

• No. 18 — Preston (to Valley Station)

• No. 19 — Muhammad Ali (to Park Duvall and Rockford Lane)

• No. 21 — Chestnut (to Shawnee Park)

• No. 23 — Broadway (to Shawnee Park)

• No 43 — Portland/Poplar Level (to 32nd and Portland Loop)

SOUTHBOUND ROUTES

Boarding on Sixth Street near Chestnut:

• No. 4 — Fourth Street (to Iroquois Park and Southland Park)

• No. 6 — Sixth Street (via Central to Auburndale)

• No. 63 — Crums Lane (to West Pages Lane)

Boarding on First Street at Muhammad Ali:

• No. 2 — Second Street (to Airport and UPS)

• No. 18 — Preston (to Okolona — Outer Loop Plaza)

• No. 43 — Portland/Poplar Level (to Fern Creek)

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