Convention Shuttles

The following is a list and description of convention shuttles available to various attendees at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville. Please note that all shuttles require appropriate passes and/or credentials to board and ride. Transportation beyond these purposes is the responsibility of convention attendees.

Hotel shuttles

Shuttles for convention attendees staying within the Louisville Convention Housing program will be operated from specific hotel locations to the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) and from the Wednesday night convention concert at the KFC Yum! Center. They will require a separate purchase during online convention registration.

Important: The number and frequency of these hotel shuttles from specific points will vary and depend on the number of passes purchased. A tentative schedule of locations and pick-up times is below. The final schedule, due to sales, may change after the close of online convention registration. The final schedule will be posted to www.FFA.org in October.

Full week hotel shuttle pass cost: $30
One-way hotel shuttle pass cost: $15

Tentative departure schedule for all hotel routes (all times approximate; subject to change)
Wednesday

  • Hotels to KEC: 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.
  • KEC to hotels: 11:35 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Concert to hotels (Routes 1-5 only): following concert, approximately 12:30 a.m.
    • Boarding will occur in the 3rd street pass through located between Market and Jefferson Streets

Thursday

  • Hotels to KEC: 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.
  • KEC to hotels: 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., Midnight

Friday

  • Hotels to KEC: 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.
  • KEC to hotels: 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m., 12:30 a.m.

Saturday

  • Hotels to KEC: 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
  • KEC to hotels: 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.

Note: KEC shuttle pickup will on the west side of West Hall

Tentative hotel shuttle routes (subject to change)

1 – Blue Route (Blankenbaker Pkwy, east)
Pickup location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1530 Alliant Ave., Louisville, KY

2 – Green Route (Blankenbaker Pkwy, west)
Pickup location: Country Inn and Suites, 1241 Kentucky Mills Dr., Louisville, KY

3 – Red Route (S. Hurstborne Pkwy.)
Pickup location 1: Holiday Inn, 1325 S. Hurstborne Pkwy., Louisville, KY
Pickup location 2: Courtyard by Marriott, 9608 Blairwood Rd., Louisville, KY

4 – Gold Route (Hurstborne Pkwy., south of I-64)
Pickup location: Ramada Plaza, 9700 Bluegrass Pkwy., Louisville, KY

5 – Brown Route (S. Indiana and downtown Louisville)
Pickup location 1: Holiday Inn Lakeview, 505 Marriott Dr., Jeffersonville, IN
Pickup location 2: Sheraton Riverside, 700 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN
(note: this pickup location also services Fairfield Inn and Towne Place)
Pickup location 3: Courtyard by Marriott, 100 S. Second St., Louisville, KY

6 – Purple Route (downtown Louisville)
Pickup location: Galt House, 140 N. 4th St., Louisville, KY

7 – Orange Route (downtown Louisville)
Pickup location 1: TARC Stop (west curb) along 1st St. between Jefferson St. and Liberty St.
(servicing downtown Springhill Suites, Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites)
Pickup location 2: 3rd St. downtown convention center tunnel
(servicing Hyatt Regency Louisville and Louisville Marriott Downtown)

Downtown Louisville award and recognition event shuttle

A shuttle will operate between the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) and the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) for FFA members and advisors participating in certain career development events, national chapter judging, proficiency judging, American Star Awards judging and related events. Registered chapters certified to compete can secure their free allotment of shuttle passes at the Shuttle Kiosk located in the West Hall along Pavilion Drive.

Shuttle passes: Each competing chapter will secure complimentary shuttle passes for one advisor plus the number of competing FFA members in downtown events. Chapters competing in the National Chapter Awards will receive a total of two passes. Shuttle passes are good from Wednesday to Friday of convention, and additional passes can be purchased for $5. To secure passes for the awards and recognition events downtown shuttle, chapter advisors must check in at the transportation kiosk located on Pavilion Drive west of the West Hall.

All shuttle riders require a pass. Shuttles will operate continuously during the times listed below, arriving roughly every 15-20 minutes. Please plan for the estimated drive time between KICC and KEC to average 30 minutes.

Shuttle stops: At KEC, shuttles will board on the west side of West Hall along Pavilion Drive. At KICC, shuttles will board in the 3rd Street downtown convention center pass through.

Downtown shuttle running hours of operation

Wednesday
6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Final KEC departure: 9:30 p.m. (KEC to KICC)
  • Final KICC departure: 10:00 pm. (KICC to KEC)

Thursday
6 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Final KEC departure: 8:30 p.m. (KEC to KICC)
  • Final KICC departure: 9:00 p.m. (KICC to KEC)

Friday
7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • Final KEC departure: 8:00 p.m.
  • Final KICC departure: 8:30 p.m.
  • Shuttles will also depart KICC 30 minutes after the scheduled end of the following banquets:
    • Agricultural communications
    • Agricultural sales
    • Farm business management
    • Job Interview
    • Marketing plan

CDE remote event shuttles

Shuttles for agricultural communications, environmental and natural resources, forestry, and meats judging career development events will be provided to competing teams. Specific schedules, locations and details will be provided to participants in these events during the on-site orientation meeting.




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