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Councilman Johnson says it is time to restart serious talk about light rail

Wednesday August 20, 2008

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) is encouraging the Louisville Metro Council to revisit the issue of light rail.

“Ten years ago, there were plans drawn up to begin moving in the direction of light rail for this city,” says Johnson. “Nothing has been done and look where we are today, high gas prices and again we are talking about something that should have been taken seriously before now.”

During a meeting Monday of the Council’s Transportation Committee, Johnson encouraged committee members to pick up where Metro Louisville left off when TARC first began a review of light rail in the late 1990’s.

“I would like for Barry Barker of TARC to come before our committee and tell us about the ground work that has been done and realistically what our next step should be,” says Johnson. “It seems foolish to wait longer and keep talking about something that could help in the long run when it comes to transportation needs in this area.”

In 1996, TARC began the review and preliminary work for a light rail system. It was known at the time as “Transportation Tomorrow” or “T2”. During 2004 to 2006, the project was given a go ahead by the federal government. However, no local money set aside to move forward, so the program was withdrawn by TARC.

“Now we are looking at gasoline prices that hover between $3.60 and over $4.00 a gallon,” says Johnson. “It is time to stop delaying light rail and give it the attention it deserves.”

Dan Johnson (D) 21