Fourteen complaints made on Civil Rights, Environmental and Financial Grounds
Louisville, Kentucky – On September 4, 2012, the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation (CART), a Louisville-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation commenced legal action against the Ohio River Bridges Project. CART has been an advocate for forward-thinking, environmentally sound, multi-modal public transportation solutions since 1994. In 2004, after nearly 10 million dollars of public expenses, environmental and economic studies, and ultimate Federal approval, the “T2” plan for a light rail backbone to an integrated network of multimodal public transportation was scrapped by local politicians in favor of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project will provide very little benefit, economic, social, environmental, or otherwise, to the vast majority of residents in the Louisville region and has significant negative economic, social and environmental impacts on the community as a whole, and particularly on people living in Louisville’s urban core and west end. In addition, the $2.6 billion price tag for the Ohio River Bridges Project leaves no money for public transportation and effectively prevents any improvements to the regional public transportation system in the foreseeable future.
CART makes 14 claims against the Ohio River Bridges Project on numerous legal grounds including civil rights violations, violations of the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, financing violations, and failure to apply due diligence with regard to route selection for the east end bridge.
More specifically CART claims that actions of the Defendants, The Federal Highway Administration, The Indiana Department of Transportation, and The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, in a scheme to privatize the free interstate system and move business and jobs far from Louisville’s urban core are:
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