Here is an audio excerpt from WFPL, one of the local NPR stations, regarding TARC, poverty, and how it affects ridership. LINK: "Stranger Fruit"
This was probably one of the incidents on Louisville's public transportation buses that gave me the idea to start writing down the good, bad, sweet, silly, and any other kind of incidents that happen on my travels. July 9th, 2012 - it was about 5:30 AM. I was about 3 months into living with my … Continue reading Tales From The TARCside: “A Facebook Memory from 2012”
To take advantage of the growing popularity of Downtown Louisville in the 1990s and 2000s, TARC (Transit Authority of River City) started running diesel-powered Trolleys up and down 4th Street, from the Ohio River to Broadway, about 3/4 mile away. The Trolleys were replaced with cleaner, all-electric buses, a few years ago; they also added … Continue reading Tales From The TARCside: “Revamped Tourist Route”
TARC made regional news: https://www.whas11.com/article/news/local/tarc-bus-shortage-leaves-teenager-stranded-after-work/417-552329474 This is not as new of a problem as it seems. For years, TARC has had a problem with late routes (according to myself and a LOT of passengers) and driver shortages (according to a couple of drivers on my routes to and from work). It is not unusual to … Continue reading “Tales from the TARCside”: ‘Driver Shortage’
I'm on the bus, on the way home. The bus driver for the #4 - Iroquois Park bus usually drives an All-Electric bus, similar (but larger) to the cover picture for this post. She was explaining why she no-showed yesterday: the Downtown bus charger wasn't working, so she had to detour about a mile to … Continue reading “Tales from the TARCside”: ‘Thanks!’
TARC, the Louisville transit system, is no different than any other mass transit system: sometimes, their buses become crowded. Passengers may have to stand up for part, or all, of their trip. TARC riders, like other mass transit systems, also have some fear of The Back of the Bus, apparently. The leads to the self-named … Continue reading “Tales from the TARCside”: ‘The Huddle’
It was 6:49 AM, Sunday morning. This is a snippet of the schedule for Bus Route #17. I am standing about 5 blocks past the Fern Creek stop: This is when #17 gets to a Transfer point, 4th and Jefferson (7:45): Here is a snippet from Route #43. The plan was to walk a few … Continue reading “Tales from the TARCside”: The Fun of Bus Dependence (in pictures)