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TARC's System Maps

part of Darren's Map Collection

As a bonus, a list of changes made to TARC routes since 1989 is available on this page.

In the 1980s, the Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY's public transit agency, published the Transit Map of Greater Louisville. The Transit Map is a complete street map of Greater Louisville with all TARC routes highlighted, with all streets shown (though not all streets are labeled). On the reverse side of the city map is a detailed map of the streets and bus lines of Downtown, since almost all of TARC's local and express routes serve Downtown. ``ICON of KY'' is credited for some revisions, but I cannot find any information on this company.

Since 1989, numerous changes, enhancements, and additions, minor and drastic, to TARC's routes made revising this map prohibitively expensive, so while TARC was adding more and more shuttle routes and refining its existing service, your 1989 Transit Map of Greater Louisville was becoming obsolete and you probably threw it away. Fortunately my mother did not and was able to find me a copy. :)

In 1999, TARC is once again publishing the Transit Map, this time with completely different cartography by G. D. Nelson Mapping Services of Denver, CO. You can see samples of some of the other transit maps they have done on their web site. The Rochester, NY detail shows gives a good idea how multiple routes are indicated.

This page attempts to illustrate and compares the cartography of the two maps. Image samples from the 1989 and 1999 maps are shown. This document also discusses the changes made to TARC's routes in the past ten years.

The 1989 Map

[1989 map sample]

Every road used by one or more routes is indicated as a solid red line; the other streets comprising a complete street map of the area are shown as white lines on the peach color background.

Local route number markers are solid black with white text; express route markers have a reverse color scheme.

Railroads are indicated by solid dark gray lines; city boundaries by dashed dark gray lines. Recreational areas, hospitals, and boundaries of water are indicated by their own colors.

Unfortunately, some routes that serve the outer fringes of the area had to be cut off; you didn't see the terminii of Routes 50, 56, 59, 64, 65, 66, 68, 70, and 73, because no insets were provided for those areas.

The 1999 Map

[1999 map sample]

Here, each route is shown by a line of its own color, allowing the user to follow a route by following the color continuously (where space permits) instead of trying to find route markers. Local routes are solid lines; express routes have a thin white line in the middle, more readily allowing the user to determine what areas are served by local or express routes. Sometimes multiple routes are shown as solid lines next to eachother; other times they are shown as a solid line with alternating colors. Mutliple express routes are shown as a black line with white in the middle; multiple local routes sharing roadway are indicated as a single thin black line, though that's not shown in the scanned sample.

In addition, all major roads are shown and labeled, but not all the surface streets. This is only a great loss if you know the street plan of your source or destination area like I do.

To distinguish different classes of routes, local route markers are circles; express route markers are diamonds; shuttle routes are rectangles; and circulator routes (not shown here) are ovals.

Finally, note how the aspect ratio of the image is slightly squashed vertically; this is presumably to provide a larger coverage area, extending further north and south without making the map larger. Insets are provided for Sellersburg, Shepherdsville/Mt. Washington, and LaGrange.

Changes Since 1989

As a bonus, we present a history of the numerous minor (and a few major) routing changes that have taken place since 1989.

Changes effective 15 August 1999

Changs effective 30 May 1999

Other Changes Since 1989

While TARC faced many cutbacks in service once in the early 1990s due to financial woes, they still managed to make numerous changes to their service since 1989, many of which seem to be beneficial, a few others of which simply attempt to make service more efficient. 1989 is a good reference point for documenting changes in TARC service for another reason: this document sort of picks up where the May-June 1990 and May-June 1991 Motor Coach Age articles left off.

Southern Indiana

While Express Routes 69, 70, 71, and 73 remain intact with little change, local service to Southern Indiana was completely redone in 1997.

Route 72 - Before 1997 there was Route 72. It served New Albany, Clarksville, Downtown Louisville, and Jeffersonville, in that order, on the eastbound trips, and in reverse order westbound. Trips in both directions made an unusually long ``detour'' to Downtown Louisville. If you were close to Court and Spring, you could walk and wait for the westbound 72 to come back to Jeffersonville. Otherwise you had no choice but to waste time riding through Downtown Louisville to get to Clarksville and New Albany, and vice versa. Route 72 was a rather confusing route with an erratic schedule, and had no service on Sundays or holidays.

On Sunday, 26 January 1997, Route 72 was replaced with Shuttle Routes 281 and 282, with the connection to Louisville via an extension of the Second Street line to Jeffersonville and RiverFalls Mall, the transfer point for Routes 281 to 283 (and now, 284). Route 283 served Indiana University Southeast via Blackiston Mill Road, but has since been discontinued after about a year. In the summer of 1998, Route 284 added weekday hourly service to Sellersburg from RiverFalls Mall, via Progress Blvd (where Route 2 stopped going), US 31, IN 60, and IN 311.

Sometime in 1998, Route 2 has been extended to serve Green Tree Mall, and service between Clarksville and Jeffersonville was rerouted via Eastern Boulevard and Spring Street between Clarksville and Jeffersonville. The buses used to take I-65 and get off at the horrible IN 131/US 31 interchange to take US 31 and Progress Blvd.

West Louisville

At the same time TARC revamped Southern Indiana service, it opened the Nia Center at 29th and Broadway and introduced three new West Louisville shuttle routes, 33, 261, and 262. The Nia Center has a customer service center and services for job training and economic development in West Louisville.

Route 261 travels eastward from the Nia Center to Barret Avenue via Garland, Kentucky, and Breckinridge Streets. (It went all the way to Baxter/Lexington at one point). Since then, Routes 23, 25, 96, and 19 have been rerouted slightly to swing by.

Route 262 (with Saturday service!) travels from the Nia Center via Broadway, 34th Street, the Portland neighbourhood, and I-64 to to Floyd Memorial Hospital and Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.

Route 96, the Parkhill West Shuttle, was introduced earlier (c. 1995?) as a single bus route to connect many West Louisville neighbourhoods.

Route 33 does not go to the Nia Center, but it was introduced the same time Routes 261 and 262 do. It serves the University of Louisville and takes Winkler Avenue and Algonquin Parkway to Shawnee Park. Once slated for cancellation, the route still exists.

Southwest Jefferson County

In August 1997, TARC added shuttle routes 251 to 257 to enahnce local service to Southwestern Jefferson County, with Dixie Manor being the transfer point. When these shuttle routes were introduced, Route 18 terminated at Dixie Manor; service further down Dixie Highway to Bethany Lane, which looped at Valley Shopping Center, was transfered to Route 251 (now discontinued, this route was still pointless because Routes 256 and 257 went there too but didn't pull in); and service to Deering Road was transfered to Rotue 252, and rerouted onto Stonestreet Road from East Pages Lane. Route 253 serves St. Andrews Church Road and Manslick Road, ending at Crums Lane and 7th Street Road. Route 254 serves the new Riverport industrial complex, and a couple rush hour trips on Route 19 have been extended there, too. Route 255 serves Fairdale via East Pages Lane, Third Street Road, and National Turnpike. Route 256 Sun Valley Shuttle takes you via Bethany Lane and Lower River Road to Ashby Lane. Route 257 introduced local service to Watson Lane, where routes 50 and 56 terminated, but has since been consolidated back into Route 18.

Bluegrass Industrial Park

This section needs verbiage. Since I don't have verbiage on Bluegrass Industrial Park service yet, the following thought will have to do: Little did I know back in 1985 when I was making frequent field trips to Blackacre Nature Preserve on Tucker Station Road north of Taylorsville Road, that Bluegrass Industrial Park was no more than two miles away.

Route Extensions

Express Service Changes

Route Consolidations

Route Switcheroos

Minor Route Extensions

Miscellaneous Minor Changes

Things You May Look Forward To (But Not Definitely)

Routes In 1989

(1)
Toonerville II Trolley
2
Second Street
4
Fourth Street
6
Sixth Street
11
Portland-Shelby [now consolidated into Route 43]
12
Twelfth Street
15
Market Street
17
Bardstown Road
18
Preston-18th
19
Muhammad Ali Boulevard
21
Chestnut Street
22
Twenty-Second Street
23
Broadway
25
Oak Street
27
Hill Street
29
Eastern Parkway
31
Middletown
37
Fourth Street Express [now Iroquois Park Express]
38
Sixth Street Express [now consolidated into Route 6]
40
Jeffersontown [now an express route; local service to Jeffersontown is on Route 23]
43
Poplar Level Road
44
St. Regis Park
45
Okolona Express
46
26th Street G.E. Express
47
42nd Street G.E. Express [now consolidated into Route 46]
48
Fairdale Express
49
Westport Road Express
50
Dixie/Kosmosdale Express
51
Fourth Avenue Circulator
52
Medical Center Circulator
53
Breckenridge Express
54
Manslick Express
55
Hounz Lane [now Westport Road]
56
Ford and G.E. Express (Watson)
57
Ford and G.E. Express (Deering) [now consolidated into Route 56]
58
Bashford Manor-Oxmoor
59
River Road
60
Highview Express
61
Plainview Express
62
Breckenridge Lane-Shepherdsville Road
63
Crums Lane
64
Oldham County Express
65
Bulitt County/Shepherdsville [discontinued - was this a local route?]
66
Mt. Washington/Shepherdsville Express
68
Prospect Express
69
New Albany Express
70
Clarksville Express
71
Jeffersonville Express
72
New Albany/Clarksville/Jeffersonville [now routes 2, 281, and 282]
73
Charlestown Road Express

TARC Routes In 1999

(1)
Toonerville II Trolley
2
Second Street
4
Fourth Street
6
Sixth Street
10
Downtown F.L.I.E.R. (parking shuttle)
12
Twelfth Street
15
Market Street
17
Bardstown Road
18
Preston-18th
19
Muhammad Ali Boulevard
21
Chestnut Street
22
Twenty-Second Street
23
Broadway
25
Oak Street
27
Hill Street
29
Eastern Parkway
31
Middletown
33
Algonquin Parkway Shuttle [introduced 27 January 1997]
37
Iroquois Park Express
40
Jeffersontown Express
43
Poplar Level Road/Portland
44
St. Regis Park
45
Okolona Express
46
26th/42nd G.E. Express
48
Fairdale Express
49
Westport Road Express
50
Dixie Express
51
Fourth Avenue Circulator
52
Medical Center Circulator
53
Breckenridge Express
54
Manslick Express
55
Westport Road
56
Ford-G.E. Deering Express
58
Bashford Manor-Oxmoor
59
River Road
60
Highview Express
61
Plainview Express
62
Breckenridge Lane-Shepherdsville Road
63
Crums Lane
64
Oldham County Express
66
Mt. Washington/Shepherdsville Express
68
Prospect Express
69
New Albany Express
70
Clarksville Express
71
Jeffersonville
73
Charlestown Road Express
75
Red Shuttle (Bluegrass Industrial Park)
76
Green Shuttle (Bluegrass Industrial Park)
77
Main Street Trolley Circulator
78
Downtown/Bluegrass Express
80
Bluegrass Industrial Park Shuttle
84
South Louisville Shuttle
96
Parkhill Shuttle
252
Deering Road Shuttle
253
St. Andrews/Manslick Shuttle
254
Riverport Shuttle
255
Fairdale Shuttle
262
New Albany/Louisville Shuttle
282
New Albany Shuttle
284
Sellersburg Shuttle

Experimental Routes No Longer In Service

These are the routes that TARC has experimented with since 1989, but are no longer in service.
74
Valley Village/West Point
79
?
81
Middletown/Berrytown
82
East Indian Trail
83
Hounz Lane East
This was a Saturday-only route that served the eastern portion of the 55 Hounz Lane route. Westport Road is now served on Saturdays on Route 55.
85
Fairdale (see Route 255)
251
Valley Station Shuttle
256
Sun Valley Shuttle (discontinued)
257
Valley Village Shuttle (consolidated into Route 18)
261
Kentucky Street Shuttle (discontinued)
281
Jeffersonville Shuttle (consolidated into Route 71)
283
Blackiston Mill Road Shuttle
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