Official Web site of the Transit Authority of River City (TARC).
In 1974, TARC became responsible for all transit lines in the Louisville area. The last streetcars ran in 1948.
In 1838, the Lexington & Ohio Railroad became the first company to operate streetcars in Louisville, initially using steam power. Additional streetcar companies were formed, and in 1890 all companies were consolidated into the Louisville Railway Co.
Separate local and bridge streetcar systems introduced during the 1880's eventually evolved into one bus system, eventually taken over by TARC.
Map showing streetcar system at its peak.
Many of today's bus routes in Louisville have histories which can be traced back to streetcars, and even mule cars.
Buses have operated in Louisville since 1923.
The various carhouses in Louisville were eventually replaced with a new bus garage, constructed out of the old Louisville Union Station.
Transit Authority of River City (Wikipedia)
Some information for this page is from the May/June 1990 and May/June 1991 issues of the magazine "Motor Coach Age".
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