‘Bus rapid transit’ is coming to Louisville. Here’s what to know about TARC’s new line

The first “bus rapid transit” line in Louisville is launching in January and will aim to quickly take commuters between downtown and southwest Louisville.

The new line is part of the New Dixie Highway Project, a $35 million plan from Louisville Metro and Transit Authority of River City to improve safety, mobility and livability along one of the the city’s busiest, widest and most dangerous corridors.

Several federal, state and local leaders — including Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and TARC Executive Director Ferdinand Risco Jr. — will be at Kroger, 4915A Dixie Highway, on Monday morning to cut a ribbon and officially launch the new service.

The Rapid transit line will give buses priority at stoplights and includes special lanes to enter traffic.

Each day, more than 60,000 drivers and more than 4,000 transit riders travel the Dixie Highway corridor, according to city data.

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