Area is one of region’s largest employment centers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 15, 2017) — Transit Authority of River City (TARC) has been awarded a $2.5 million Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) non-infrastructure match grant administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The grant is expected to alleviate transportation concerns for job seekers and employers in Jefferson Riverport International, one of the region’s largest employment centers, home to 120 companies and 10,000 jobs in Southwest Louisville.
“Riverport has struggled to find enough workers to fulfill positions over the years. The biggest struggle has been transportation to Riverport for these potential employees,” said Jenny Fox, Riverport Business Association president.
The grant will aid in the implementation of a new circulator route anticipated to begin in fall during peak employment season. Current number of trips to Riverport will also increase from three morning and four evening weekday trips on Route No. 19 to approximately six morning and seven evening weekday trips on the circulator.
The new Riverport Circulator route will also connect Riverport to other main, express and high frequency TARC routes, improving access to this vital employment center and the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on Dixie Highway to be implemented in late 2019.
The CMAQ grant in addition to TARC’s match of 20 percent will cover the $3,180,000 in operating costs to provide the service for 3 consecutive years.
Final service plans will be developed at the time grant funding is awarded.