The Transit Authority of River City will begin offering transportation to Indiana’s River Ridge Commerce Center next month.
TARC spokeswoman Kay Stewart says service was requested by One Southern Indiana and businesses in River Ridge, namely Amazon, which set up a distribution center earlier this year.
She says the three morning and four afternoon trips scheduled will accommodate Amazon’s various shifts.
“We will monitor ridership and see how it goes. I think we feel pretty confident that there is a demand for it. There are thousands of employees at Amazon alone so we’ll watch it and make any adjustments that are needed,” said Stewart.
River Ridge Commerce Center has over 40 businesses.
TARC has also announced other route changes which will begin on January 21.
Information provided by TARC:
Route #18-Preston-18th Street: TARC will add two morning trips to the Valley Village neighborhood in southwest Louisville off Dixie Highway. On weekdays only, bus arrival times will be adjusted slightly on trips operating to and from Okolona and Outer Loop, and on early morning trips to Fern Valley Road. These changes occur primarily on westbound trips.
Route #31-Shelbyville Road: In response to passenger requests, four morning weekday trips will arrive five minutes earlier at 4th Street and Broadway in downtown Louisville. Those trips now arrive at 7:20, 7:50, 8:20 and 8:50. All trips will continue to 5th and Market streets.
Route #71-Jeffersonville-Louisville-New Albany: This route will be extended to provide three morning and four afternoon weekday trips serving River Ridge Commerce Center including the Amazon.com Inc. site, on IN 62 in Jeffersonville. All River Ridge/Amazon trips will service a TARC stop in the parking lot at Meijer at Allison Lane and IN 62 with transfer connections to Rt. #82. Stops will be added to Patrol Road, Centennial Boulevard and Middle Road on the Rt. #71 extension to River Ridge. Some bus arrival and departure times will change by 5-10 minutes on weekdays. The last westbound trip from the Meijer will depart seven minutes later to accommodate Meijer employees whose shifts end at 10 p.m.
Route #78x-Bluegrass Express: The eastbound trip from 3rd and Chestnut at 6:18 a.m. will leave five minutes earlier. The 7:23 a.m. and 7:53 a.m. trips departing Southeast Christian Church will leave six minutes earlier to allow for heavy traffic on I-64.
Route #82-New Albany-Clarksville-Jeffersonville: Beginning Jan. 26 TARC will add two Saturday trips – one morning and one afternoon – to the Accent Marketing complex in the Jeffersonville Towne Center off Veterans Parkway. A weekday early afternoon and evening trip will also be added serving Accent Marketing on Jan. 21. Weekday trip times will change by 5-15 minutes to provide for transfer connections with Rt. #71 trips to River Ridge.