Churchill Downs invests $32M to improve parking, transportation
November 02, 2017 9:47 AM
by Robert Mann
Long-awaited conveyance improvement plans for Churchill Downs Racetrack have now been released with the goal of improving the parking and transportation experience for guests attending the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.
The $32 million project features a significantly enlarged, efficient bus depot and additional transportation infrastructure for more than 170,000 guests that attend the Kentucky Derby each year, while also enhancing the overall traffic and parking flow for guests who visit the historic racetrack throughout the year.
For the 2018 Kentucky Derby Week race events, Churchill Downs will package official parking permits with advanced orders for suite, hospitality, dining and reserved seats. A portion of premium tickets will include an on-site parking permit at Churchill Downs while the majority of tickets will now include an offsite parking permit at the Kentucky Exposition Center and round-trip shuttle transportation to Churchill Downs.
“Better facilities equates to better experiences,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs. “Parking, shuttles and traffic congestion have been a recurring theme in post-Oaks and Derby feedback surveys. While we are limited in the amount of vehicles we can park onsite at Churchill Downs, this significant investment will allow us to expand our mass transit operation during Derby Week and allow our guests to get into and out of the racetrack quicker and safer.”
In addition to the enlarged transportation infrastructure, the project will add a pedestrian plaza and enlarged paddock entrance gate for guests to enter and exit the racetrack from the bus depot, other onsite parking areas or the surrounding neighborhoods.