Derby Week TARC Information


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Important TARC Information For Derby Weekend Service


TARC will provide service to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks and Derby on regular routes that will follow detours away from the track starting at about 4:30 p.m. on both race days.

Routes providing the most direct access are:   #2 – Second Street; #4 – Fourth Street;  #6 – Sixth Street; and #29 – Eastern Parkway.  Frequency of bus arrival times vary, from every 15 minutes on Route #4 on Friday to 90 minutes between buses on Route #2 on Saturday.  Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and know their routes and schedules.

TARC no longer provides shuttle service for the Derby and Oaks from downtown, Papa John’s Stadium or the Fairgrounds due to changes in federal regulations regarding private charter service.

For the fifth straight year, TARC bus and trolley rides on Derby Eve starting at 6 p.m. will be free, 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 First Friday Trolley Hop is also Friday night along Main and Market Streets, providing access to downtown establishments and the Miller Lite-sponsored Derby Eve Jam on the waterfront.

For more information about schedules and fares, visit or call TARC’s Customer Service Department at 502-585-1234, TTY 502-213-3240.  Miller Lite Free Rides program information is available at: