Improves access to jobs, educational opportunities
TARC is improving access to thousands of jobs and educational opportunities with a new route through Jefferson Riverport International that includes a stop at the nearby Jefferson Community & Technical College Southwest Campus.
The new route begins operating on Nov. 6.
“We’re more than doubling service in Riverport and providing new service to the Jefferson Southwest Campus,” said TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker.
The new route connects with other TARC routes including on Dixie Highway so with transfer options, passengers can travel by TARC to Riverport and the Jefferson Southwest Campus from other parts of the county. “That’s the beauty of this route – passengers won’t have to worry about that last mile or two to get to work or school,” Barker said.
The route’s operation is funded primarily with $2.5 million in federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Funds authorized by state officials and announced earlier this year. Barker said TARC will monitor ridership and work to ensure the service continues after the grant funding expires in three years.
“The new route will help businesses, employees and people looking for work in Riverport,” said Jenny Fox, president of the Riverport Business Association. “Transportation has been an issue in filling jobs, and the increased TARC service makes Riverport much more accessible.” Riverport, in southwest Jefferson County, is home to 120 companies and 10,000 jobs.
“Transportation can be a significant barrier to education for students and we are proud to partner with TARC to remove yet another obstacle to achievement,” said Dr. Ty Handy, Jefferson President. “The stop at the Southwest Campus recognizes our growing presence in that area of our community and will be a great catalyst for academic success.”
Under a partnership with TARC that began in August, Jefferson students, faculty and staff can ride fare-free by showing the bus driver their school-issued photo-ID with a TARC sticker attached.
The new route - Riverport Circulator-Rt. #20 - will operate on weekdays, from 5:20-10:40 am and 1:10-10:30 p.m. circulating west from Dixie Highway and Rockford Lane, and traveling through Riverport, primarily on Cane Run Road, before heading east on Tradeport and Johnsontown roads, ending at the Jefferson Southwest campus. Return trips north follow the same main thoroughfares with a major stop at Park Place Mall.
Regular fares will apply, with one-way adult fare of $1.75.
Through Riverport, the circulator route travels the same route as TARC’s Rt. #19-Muhammad Ali, which will maintain its current schedule. With both routes operating in Riverport, buses will arrive at stops in the complex about every 15-40 minutes based on the time of the day. At the Jefferson Southwest Campus, Rt. #20 buses will stop on weekdays about every 40 minutes from 6:10 - 9:40 a.m. and 2:00 - 9:20 p.m.
In January, the new route will be added to online trip planning apps including Google Maps and the Transit app. Until then, passengers can access a printed version of the route map and schedule at www.ridetarc.org/maps-schedule/riverport-circulator. Passengers are encouraged to arrive at stops at least five minutes before the scheduled departure time.
“We’ve heard from the community that they wanted more service to Riverport jobs and service to the Jefferson Southwest campus and we are grateful for the funding and opportunity to now provide that,” Barker said.
The Riverport route provides connections to TARC routes #18-Preston-Dixie, #19-Muhammad Ali, #29-Eastern Parkway, #63-Crums Lane and #50X-Dixie Express. TARC will monitor the new service and consider adjustments to address needs. During the holiday season, TARC will consider adding limited weekend trips to Riverport based on seasonal employment needs and available resources.
For a detailed schedule and route map, click here.