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Getting Around in Louisville

Street System in LouisvilleDriving in Louisville is relatively easy with the help of a good city map. North-south address numbers start at Main Street; east-west numbering begins at 1st Street. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit is 35 mph. Avoid rush hour traffic, 7:30-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., if possible.

Parking in LouisvilleMany downtown streets have metered parking, but be careful to check signs and meters for restricted times and limits. Commercial garage and lot parking is usually available. Rates are 50c-75c per hour. Visitors also can purchase a “Smart Card” (which works like a debit card) at the visitor's center.

Public Transportation in LouisvilleTransit Authority of River City (TARC) operates buses and trolleys throughout the Louisville metropolitan area. The base fare for buses is $1.75; exact change is required. Transfers from one bus route to another are free and are valid for 2 hours; remember to ask the driver for a transfer upon boarding. TARC offers discount bus fares for senior citizens and the physically impaired. The Day Tripper pass, which allows for unlimited rides for an entire day, may be purchased for $3 at the Louisville Visitors Center on the corner of 4th and Jefferson streets and at Union Station, 1000 W. Broadway.

The 4th Street Trolley travels on 4th Street from Theatre Square to the Galt House. The trolley's route extends further south to Breckenridge Mon.-Fri. 9-6:30. They also travel through Fourth Street Live, except during special events, when a detour route is followed. Green signs indicate stops for the 4th Street Trolley. The fare is 50 cents.

The Main Street Trolley runs a circular 3.5-mile route on Main and Market from 10th Street to Campbell Street. This trolley also provides service to Slugger Field for Louisville Bats baseball games on weeknights. Red signs indicate Main/Market Trolley stops. The fare is 50 cents.

Call the TARC Travel Center, (502) 585-1234, for information about fares, schedules and routes.

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