Starting on January 7th, TARC is finally implementing its new smart card-based fare system, called "MyTARC Smart Card". MyTARC is a card where you can load a certain amount of cash onto the card and pay for your bus fare via a swipe or tap on the new fare boxes. Bus fare is not increasing; … Continue reading Tales from the TARCside: “New Fare System, New Website!”
Local news station WLKY caught up with some rather... different TARC riders. Chris Chandler, Digital Producer for WLKY, filmed "Frankenstein" getting on the #71 bus (from New Albany, Indiana, through Portland, Russell, and Downtown Louisville, to Jeffersonville, Indiana), as a promotion for 5 haunted attractions around town. You can see Chris's report HERE. I like … Continue reading Tales from the TARCside: “Not Your Everyday Passenger!”
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’
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’