Amtrak and Greyhound are teaming up to provide Thruway bus service from Nashville, TN to Louisville, KY beginning December 4 when Amtrak rail passenger service is extended to Louisville’s downtown Union Station.
The service includes intermediate stops in Bowling Green, KY and Elizabethtown, KY. Guests in Nashville, Bowling Green and Elizabethtown can connect with Amtrak’s national passenger railroad system via the Kentucky Cardinal service, which has been extended to provide daily rail passenger service between downtown Louisville and Chicago.
“We are pleased to work with Greyhound to be able to provide expanded options for travelers in Tennessee and Kentucky,” said Don Saunders, acting President of Amtrak Intercity. “Strategic partnerships and intermodal connections like these are vital to the continued growth of the national passenger rail system.”
“Louisville is pleased to have Amtrak service returning to Louisville once again,” said Mayor Dave Armstrong. “Thanks to the combined efforts of Amtrak and Greyhound travelers will now have more options for transportation.”
Through its arrangement with Greyhound, Amtrak can handle all travel accommodations, including reservations, ticketing and thru fares on the bus. Guests who want to use the bus to connect with Amtrak service should secure their tickets before beginning travel. (See attached schedule)
"Greyhound and Amtrak offer thruway service to more than 85 cities across America, and we're proud to add this latest route to our growing partnership," said Craig Lentzsch, Greyhound president and CEO. "Every city in America should have access to safe, public transportation, and through these partnerships, we are improving peoples lives by giving them access to the national transportation network."
The Kentucky Cardinal began its daily, overnight service on December 18, 1999, ending a 20-year absence of passenger rail service in the Louisville metropolitan area. By bringing the train into downtown Louisville, Amtrak is strengthening a service that already has grown 12.4 percent between its first two full years of operation. The rail extension is the result of a cooperative effort between Amtrak, the City of Louisville, the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) and, Amtrak’s partners in the operation of the train – Louisville & Indiana Railroad and CSX.
The Kentucky Cardinal has been operating between Chicago and Jeffersonville, Ind., with intermediate stops in Dyer, Rensselaer, Lafayette, Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, Ind.
Amtrak and Greyhound also work together to provide Nashville area guests with Thruway service to Atlanta with connections to Amtrak’s Crescent service, which operates daily between New York and New Orleans.
Amtrak operates a 22,000-mile intercity passenger rail system, serving more than 500 communities in 45 states. For more information about the Kentucky Cardinal or any other Amtrak service, including schedules, fares and reservations, visit Amtrak’s Web site at www.amtrak.com or call 1 800 USA-RAIL.
Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,700 destinations with 20,000 daily departures across the continent. The company also provides Greyhound Package Express in United States and Greyhound Courier Service in Canada, as well as Greyhound Travel Services including: vacation packages, charters, sightseeing and shore services. In the U.S., for fare and schedule information and to buy tickets call 1-800-231-2222 or visit the Web site at www.greyhound.com .
Louisville-Nashville Thruway Bus Service
Southbound Thruway Service
7:30 a.m. ET Kentucky Cardinal Arrives Louisville
9:00 a.m. ET Motorcoach Departs Union Station
11:05 a.m. ET Arrives Elizabethtown, KY
11:25 a.m. CT Arrives Bowling Green, KY
12:45 p.m. CT Arrives Nashville, TN
Northbound Thruway Service
1:40 p.m. CT Motorcoach Departs Nashville
2:55 p.m. CT Arrives Bowling Green, KY
5:05 p.m. ET Arrives Elizabethtown, KY
6:00 p.m. ET Arrives Louisville Union Station
9:20 p.m. ET Kentucky Cardinal Departs Louisville