Reorient the Transit System

Measure: District 8 Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crashes
Goal Level: 0 by 2021 (15 by 2019)

Want to help District 8 reorient the transit system?

Objective 5:  Move Louisville Smarter



Study the possible benefits of consolidating PARC and TARC.

Why is this important?

Currently, the Parking Authority of River City works at odds with our Transit Authority. Rather than building more garages and lots, public ridership should be encouraged, and parking revenues should be directed to funding transit. Moreover, consolidation between the two agencies should save the city millions of additional dollars that can be used for even further system improvements.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

 1. Support a charge of the Louisville Utility and Public Works Advisory Group to examine the possible consolidation. The task force – which undertook the One Water study involving the Louisville Water Company and MSD – will present an Operations Review final report by the end of 2017, and recommendations by the end of 2018.

UPDATE (12/7/2017): On December 5, 2017, PARC and TARC reported to the Sustainability and Public Works Committee on the possibility of synergies to improve services, reduce costs and partnerships they may be able to pursue.  I remain interested in exploring this further. 

RE: PARC and TARC Partnerships

Video of Special Discussion: Possible Synergies between PARC and TARC – Tiffany Smith, PARC, and Barry Barker, TARC (20:39/ 49:39)

Update (7/18/19): Related to this objective, I have filed legislation asking the Planning Commission to consider the elimination of minimum parking requirements in the Land Development Code.  The Commission has until February 28, 2020 to report back. 

Objective 6:  Improve Bus Stops



Systematically replace the most dangerous, inhospitable TARC stops with new prototype bus stops or shelters in order to protect, attract and cater to transit users.

Why is this important?

No person in District 8, much less anywhere else in Louisville, should have to wait for the bus in the dark, in the rain, at a stop with no sidewalks leading to it.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Conduct a District 8 bus stop audit by the end of 2017.

COMPLETE (7/24/2017): District 8 TARC Bus Stop Audit

As a result of the audit: all bus stops on Valetta Ln have been removed; the stops on Grinstead Dr at Bardstown Rd have been relocated; bus stops will be improved as part of the Barret/Castlewood and the Baxter projects; District 8 ($32,940.32) and TARC ($68,926.99) are partnering to replace more than 700 feet of sidewalks leading to bus stops and build a new bus stop on Bardstown Rd at Douglass Blvd; and all damaged bus stop signs have been replaced.  TARC expects to conduct a fuller audit of Bardstown Rd (and subsequently other District 8 transit corridors) to rebalance bus stop spacing and improve infrastructure and amenities by the end of 2018.

2. Complete demonstration prototype transit center/bus stop(s) by the end of 2019 (originally 2018).

UPDATE (4/2/2019): Inspired by the Bush Stadium Seat Salvage project of Indianapolis-based People for Urban Progress, District 8 is partnering with the University of Louisville's Urban Design Studio to reuse 120 stadium seats from the old Cardinal Stadium to build new TARC stops.  Read about the project here.  We are actively seeking sponsors to support this endeavor. Please email or call (502) 574-1108 for more information. 

Objective 7:  Expand Trail Connectivity



Complete the Beargrass Creek Trail to connect District 8 north to Waterfront Park and the Louisville Loop; and explore new trail opportunities to connect District 8 south to Germantown, Audubon, Audubon Park and beyond. 

Why is this important?

Whereas Cherokee and Seneca Parks provide safe bike and pedestrian connections to areas north and east of District 8, Tyler Park, Deer Park and Belknap are effectively landlocked south and west by institutional landowners. We need to bring those parties together to find new ways for District 8 families to connect to shopping, schools and other destinations in a safer and more convenient manner.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Complete the Beargrass Creek Trail by 2020.

UPDATE (8/15/2019): A three-year “Three Forks of Beargrass Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study” will

outline what is necessary to restore the ecological integrity of the Beargrass Creek watershed and, also, has the potential to fundamentally improve land trail connections and amenities along the creek corridor. 

UPDATE (8/1/2017): Unfortunately, the Beargrass Creek Trail will be closed beginning 8/7/2017 for approximately 2.5 years, affected by MSD work. On the bright side, this sets a deadline to complete plans (scheduled and funded!) for an expanded and improved trail.

Beargrass Trail Closure Plan

2. Complete District 8 landowners new trail survey by the end of 2017.

UPDATE (6/28/2018): Beargrass Creek Consortium formed June 2017.  Landowners survey completed June 2018. Currently seeking funding (Planning Assistance to States) for Beargrass Creek South Fork Trail plan. 

Objective 8:  Stop Speeding



Join the international movement to slow down speeding through neighborhood streets to 20 miles per hour. 

Why is this important?

There are too many bicyclists and pedestrians – including students and parents on school commutes – for drivers to be going as fast as they do.

Initiative Health: What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Complete a districtwide speed hump demand survey by the end of 2017.

UPDATE (12/17/2018): District 8 Speed Hump Survey Initiative completed November 2017.  Installation began in summer 2018  and will continue pending final evaluation of speed hump eligibility. 

2. Complete a pilot Slow Zone project by June 30, 2018.

UPDATE (4/12/2019): Norris Place/Douglass Boulevard has been designated the first District 8 Slow Zone. The speed limit has been reduced from 35 to 30 MPH. Driver feedback signs have been installed and paint and post curb extensions to restrict illegal parking at intersections and provide refuge for pedestrians crossing the street are planned.  We’ll remove the post delineators and create permanent raised concrete curb extensions as funding permits. As a result of Our Money Our Voice, the District 8 particpatory budgeting project, radar speed signs will be installed along Speed Avenue to expand the Slow Zone east/west. 

Objective 9:  Improve Equitable Access to the Built Environment



Evaluate the accessibility of District 8’s existing sidewalk network to inform infrastructure funding decisions, and work with District 8 businesses to understand and increase compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Why is this important?

People of all ages should be able to move freely and safely through our dense and bustling community. Additionally, sidewalk improvements present opportunities for new green infrastructure and traffic-calming enhancements.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Inspect and replace all sidewalk vertical displacements measuring more than one inch (1+”) within ¼ mile of District 8 bus routes by the end of 2019.

COMPLETE (7/18/2019): Sidewalk Accessibility Survey and Repairs

2. Match the Louisville Forward Accessibility Loan program. Approve up to 10 loans (limited to $5,000 for exterior or interior accessibility improvements) by the end of 2020.

UPDATE (7/6/2017): District 8 Accessibility Loan program, administered by the Louisville Metro Department of Economic Development, established July 2017. Loan pool of up to $10,000 available in FY20.

UPDATE (7/18/19): Related to this objective, I filed legislation creating a Louisville Metro Commission for Persons with Disabilities. 

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