Public Hearings for TARC Cuts Set For This Week

by scrosby on March 8, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby

Public hearings take place this week for proposed changes to TARC routes aimed at shoring up a projected five-million dollar budget shortfall.

The transit agency says falling occupational taxes and the loss of stimulus funds are resulting in the need to eliminate twenty routes and reduce service on 17 others.

Executive Director Barry Barker says TARC customers have become accustomed to route changes in the last few years, but not of this magnitude.

“We probably haven’t made changes like this since 1994,” says Barker. “The good news is that the cuts back then we were able over the years to re-implement, which we hope we can bring some of these back, but right now we’re talking about cutting service because we simply don’t have the money to fund these next year.”

The public hearings on the changes start tomorrow . If approved, the changes would take place in June.

Public hearings:

Tuesday, March 9
11 a.m to 1 p.m.
TARC Union Station
1000 W. Broadway

5- 7 p.m.
Americana Community Center
4801 Southside Dr

Wednesday March 10
11 a.m. to 1 p.m
Bon Air Library
2816 Del Rio Place

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New Albany – Floyd County Public Library
180 West Spring St
New Albany, IN

5-7 p.m.
East End Government Center
200 Juneau Dr

Thursday March 11
5-7 p.m.
TARC
Union Station
1000 W. Broadway

Proposed Cuts:

#1 – Fourth Street Trolley
#12 – Twelfth Street
#22 – Twenty-Second Street
#35 – Indian Trail-Hikes Lane
#37X – Iroquois-Fairdale Express
#38X – Deering Express
#45X – Okolona Express
#49X – Westport Road
#50X – Dixie Express
#53X – Breckenridge Express
#54X – Manslick Express
#58 – Bashford Manor-Oxmoor
#59 – River Road
#61X – Plainview
#64X –  Fincastle-Forest Springs Express
#66X – Mount Washington Express
#68X – Prospect Express
#73X – Charlestown Road Express
#75 – Bluegrass Industrial Shuttle
#80 – Hurstbourne Parkway

Routes proposed for frequency reduction, shortened service or routing change:

#2 – Second Street
#4 – Fourth Street
#6 – Sixth Street
#17 – Bardstown Road
#18 – Preston-18th
#19 – Muhammad Ali
#21 – Chestnut Street
#23 – Broadway
#25 – Oak Street
#27 – Hill Street
#29 – Eastern Parkway
#31 – Middletown
#40X – Jeffersontown Express
#52 – Medical Center Circulator
#62 – Breckenridge-Shepherdsville
#67X – Oldham I-71 Express
#72 – Clarksville-New Albany
#77 – Main-Market Trolley
#78X – Downtown/Bluegrass Express

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