Take TARC to the Park and to the Louisville Loop!
Thursday August 4, 2011
More people living in west Louisville and in the Smoketown and Phoenix Hill neighborhoods will now be able to enjoy walking and biking along the Louisville Loop thanks to a new weekend bus route TARC, Loop the Loop.
Specially marked and painted air-conditioned TARC buses - each equipped to hold six bicycles, four more than regular buses - will travel in a loop on weekends through a dozen neighborhoods, with stops accessing the Louisville Loop and several Metro parks.
The weekend route extends from Smoketown and Phoenix Hill on the east to Shawnee and Chickasaw on the west. It travels near the Waterfront on the north, through Portland, circling south through Park Hill, Algonquin, Park DuValle and Chickasaw neighborhoods. The route travels alongside the Louisville Loop from Waterfront Park to near Chickasaw Park, with stops in between at Lannan and Shawnee Parks.
The new service is funded through the Communities Putting Prevention to Work federal grant the city of Louisville received in March 2010 as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. The grant funds activities that seek to increase opportunities for exercise and better nutrition among Louisville residents.
The Loop to the Loop service covers 16 miles and connects a dozen neighborhoods (see attached map and photo). It runs every 40 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular fares apply. Under the grant, TARC is also providing additional weekend service to Riverview Park off Terry Road. Additional route and schedule information can be found at www.ridetarc.org.
The Louisville Loop is a 25-mile shared use path that currently runs from Waterfront Park along the Ohio River to southwestern Jefferson County. It is the first leg of a planned 100-mile loop around the county.
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness administers the $7.9 million CPPW grant which seeks to advance the work of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and make Louisville a healthier place to live for everyone by:
- encouraging environmental, systems and behavioral change designed to improve the ability to make healthier choices,
- assisting with developing policies, programs and communitywide tools needed to reach the entire community with healthier messages healthier choice support systems,
- targeting entire communities including underserved areas where healthier choices may be severely limited.
To learn more about Louisville’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Health/PuttingPreventiontoWork.