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TARC to provide service to Churchill Downs on Oaks, Derby Days

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - TARC will provide service to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby that will detour away from the track starting about 4:30 p.m. on both days, according to a news release from TARC.

Routes providing the closest access are: #4 – Fourth Street; #6 – Sixth Street; and #29 – Eastern Parkway. Passengers are encouraged to plan their trips in advance by checking Oaks and Derby routes and schedules on TARC’s website.

Be advised: after the races, buses will pick up passengers at different stops than where they were dropped off due to detours. 

On Derby and Oaks Days, TARC service will be available at the regularly scheduled times on all routes. Regular fares will apply. One-way adult cash fare is $1.75. Route #4 covers parts of downtown, the University of Louisville, Old Louisville, and neighborhoods near Iroquois Park. Route #6 provides service in downtown, Iroquois Park neighborhoods and the area near Auburndale. Route #29 connects Shively, UofL, the Highlands and St. Matthews. 

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For the eighth straight year, TARC bus rides on Derby Eve will be free starting at 6 p.m. thanks to the Miller Lite Free Rides program. The program is designed to reduce drunk driving around major events by providing a safe transportation option. The Republic Bank First Friday Hop is also Friday night along Main and Market Streets and the Fourth Street corridor downtown. The event provides free transportation on the all-electric ZeroBus to downtown establishments and the Derby Eve Jam on the waterfront.

For more information about schedules and fares, visit ridetarc.org or call TARC’s customer service department at 502-585-1234, TTY 502-213-3240. Miller Lite Free Rides program information is available at MillerLiteFreeRides.com


Central Avenue from Crittenden Drive to Fourth Street will be closed all day each day. All Iroquois Park and Southland Park buses will detour when streets are closed. Below are details about detour routing and times.

Route #4 Fourth Street: Oaks and Derby Day detours
Until 4:30 p.m.

  • Southbound - bus will follow the regular route to Cardinal Blvd., turn left on Cardinal Blvd., right on 3rd Street to Southern Parkway to the regular route.
  • Northbound - bus will continue on 3rd to 2nd Street, turn left on Cardinal, right on 4th Street then follow the regular route.

From 4:30 p.m. to 9:10 p.m.

  • Southbound - On Friday & Saturday, buses leaving Main St. at 4:20 p.m. will turn left on Cardinal onto Brandeis, right on Bradley, right on Crittenden Dr., right on Park/Woodlawn Ave., to regular route at 2nd or 3rd  and Woodlawn. All regular route 4th Street southbound buses leaving Fourth and Main streets after 9:10 p.m. will return to regular route.  

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Northbound - buses leaving Iroquois or Southland Park will detour from Woodlawn Ave., then turn right on Woodlawn/Ashton Ave., left on Crittenden Drive, left on Bradley, left on Brandeis/Cardinal Boulevard, turn right on 4th Street then follow the regular route.   

Route #6 Sixth Street:  Oaks Day from 4:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Derby Day from 4:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

  • Northbound - buses will turn left on Berry Boulevard, right on 7th Street to the regular route.
  • Southbound - buses will continue on 7th Street, left on Berry Boulevard, right on Taylor then to the regular route.

Route #29 Eastern Parkway: Oaks and Derby Day

  • Eastbound - 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - buses will turn left on 7th Street Road from Berry Boulevard, continue on 7th Street Road to Algonquin, turn right on Algonquin, left on Winkler Ave. to the regular route.
  • Westbound - right on Crittenden Drive, left on Bradley, left on Brandies to Cardinal, left on 4th, right on Industry, left on 7th to regular route.    

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