Traffic smooth into Horse Park; LexTran transports more than 2,000

A reporter who left downtown Lexington at 6:30 p.m. Saturday arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park at 6:47, finding nothing but light traffic shortly before the 7 p.m. opening ceremonies of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The traffic tie-ups that Lexington and Games officials had worried about before opening day apparently did not materialize.

Downtown streets also were uncongested, despite some streets being closed for the Spotlight Lexington events taking place at several locations.

A page on the city's Web site — — that promised up-to-the-minute urgent updates on traffic was not changed during the day.

LexTran spokeswoman Jill Barnett said that, as of 7:40 p.m., 2,175 people had taken buses to the horse park.

LexTran is offering $1 shuttle service from the transit center on Vine Street. Riders may also catch a bus close to their home, then ask for a transfer before switching to a shuttle bus at the center.

Some riders who took early buses Saturday reported they were nearly full and there were no delays on Newtown or Ironworks pikes. The buses carry 35 to 40 seated passengers, with room for standing.

LexTran also has extended its hours so people attending Spotlight events downtown can take a bus into town and back home.

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