Wednesday, April 29, 2015

6 Tips for Navigating Churchill Downs Transportation Traffic

Don’t let the stress of finding parking on Derby Day overwhelm you. James Jones, guest services representative for Churchill Downs, and Laura Dailey, who works in marketing and business development for Yellow Cab, have some tips for navigating your way through the madness.

TIP: You can park at Papa Johns Stadium if you don’t have a parking pass and use the shuttle service. Patrons pay $25 to park and pay another fee for the shuttle. However, Jones says most people will bypass the shuttle and walk to Churchill Downs since it is only four blocks away.

TIP: Park at Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center for $15 and catch the shuttle for an additional fee.

TIP: Churchill Downs has partnered with The Galt House and The Brown Hotel to offer shuttle service for $15-$25.

TIP: You can park in someone’s yard, but Jones advises against it unless you are friends with the person.

TIP: Yellow Cab charges a flat fee the whole day depending on your how far you are from Churchill Downs. “The city created a map for Yellow Cab that the drivers use to determine how much they need to charge. Rates start at $27 and increase based on where your pick-up is in Louisville,” says Dailey.

TIP: Don’t let strangers take you to Churchill Downs. “There are people who try to do personal shuttles, but they are not legitimate. You must have certain credentials to be able to get to the designated parking areas. If you choose to this option, make sure you know where they are dropping you off,” Jones says.

-Tiffany White

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