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Why I am Still a Light Rail Advocate
There has been a great deal of discussion about supporting Light Rail (LR) over Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or other forms of transit.
First let's clarify that CART, nor I, have ever seen LR as a stand alone system. There will always be buses and trolleys and other transit forms needed to make a comprehensive system. However, The advantages of LR as the core mode of a metropolitan transit system are significant and directly address the energy and climate concerns of this century as does no other system currently in operation.
Energy: Buses on Rubber wheels can never compete with the energy efficiency of steel on steel wheels powered by electricity. Neither can buses escape the traffic jams that plague our urban core and major traffic corridors – the most appropriate places to install LR. To ignore the energy advantages and the source flexibility of electricty isto ignore the most important lessons of our time – fossil fuels resources are limited and dangerous!
Changes to the Louisville Metro Land Development Code (LDC) are of great importance to all Louisville residents. Decisions made by the LDC Improvement Committee and subcommittees will impact the character of our community for years to come. The LDC's are therefore of great interest to CART as LDC's directly impact transportation needs, particularly the development path for transportation infrastructure. We believe that the future development path of transportation should be multi-modal, public transit centered with less emphasis on accommodating personal automobiles. Below the fold are the schedules for upcoming meetings of the LDC Improvement Committee and all the LDC Improvement subcommittees as posted at the time of this writing on Metro Louisville's Planning and Design website.
CART will monitor developments of Round Two of the process and provide input when possible. We believe it is important to follow all the subcommittees because all aspects of the LDC have implications for CART's mission of advocating for sustainable public transportation. You never know when a seemingly unrelated item will have significant transportation implications.
Please call the capitol message line at 1-800-372-7181 and ask your legislators to support Kentucky's Complete Streets bill, SB 133. It will soon be heard in front of the Senate Transportation Committee. Finally, go fill out this survey so you can communicate with the other supporters.
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Firsty, the Brownsboro Sidewalk & Road Diet is up for final approval by Metro Council. Clifton [Heights] Community Councils are calling for public turn-out at the meetings, to hold signs and wear stickers. Be there or send the council a message of support.
Secondy, there will then be an immediate victory-party at Car Free Happy Hour:
Thursday night. Click "Read More" for details...
Ralph Tharp, executive director of Kentucky Capital Development Corporation in Frankfort, is championing a new passenger rail service linking Louisville, Lexington, and nine other stops. Trains would run at commute hours, and combine the speed of driving with the superior comfort, safety and economy of rail.
More information: Riding the Train - State-Journal.com
|What||CART Quarterly Meeting|
|When||Monday, April 18th - 6-8 pm|
University of Louisville
|Why||You want to hear about Passenger Rail|
|How||in partnership with University of Louisville's Sustainability Council|