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Local News
4:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Federal Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Threatens $185 Million in Kentucky Projects

Steve Beshear
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FRANKFORT— Congressional inaction threatening the solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund may cost Kentucky $185 million for projects, drastically changing how the state pays for road construction, Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday.

Beshear and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who was visiting the state, criticized Congress for  inaction that will reduce the amount the highway trust fund reimburses states for roadwork by 28 percent, affecting upwards of 700,000 jobs nationwide.

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Local News
6:54 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Why Louisvillians Ride Their Bikes To Work

For Friday's Bike to Work Day, Louisville cyclists met up in area parks and rode downtown for free coffee and bananas before heading to their jobs.

Less than  2 percent of Louisville residents commute by bicycle, according to data compiled by the American College of Sports Medicine.  Some people cite safety concerns; others say the infrastructure just doesn’t suit cyclists.  But the city is working to change that. 

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Environment
3:08 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

University of Louisville Opens Car Sharing Program to Local Residents

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After weak demand on campus, the University of Louisville is opening up its car share program to the public.

Car share programs already exist—and thrive—in cities around the country. The way they usually work is people pay a nominal fee to become members, and then pay an hourly fee to rent a car.

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Politics
6:48 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Gov. Beshear Proposes Expansion of Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky

Steve Beshear
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The Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky will expand to four lanes in the coming years under a proposal from Gov. Steve Beshear.

Beshear's proposal will be paid for with nearly $600 million in state and federal highway funding, and more than $150 million in funds recovered by toll revenues.

“The Kentucky Highway Plan that I will be recommending to the General Assembly will include a series of construction projects by which the Mountain Parkway will be four-laned, lengthened and thoroughly modernized by the year 2020," Beshear says.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Louisville Seeks Public Input in Long-Range Transportation Plan

Louisville Metro Government is gathering resident input on for a new transportation plan.

The plan is called “Move Louisville” and will look at all the ways people get around Louisville, or would like to get around Louisville—including public transportation, cars, biking, walking.

It’s meant to be a comprehensive long-range plan that will set out the city’s transportation investments, policies and projects for the next thirty years.

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Local News
1:06 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Map: Jefferson County Traffic Deaths Spike 29 Percent in 2013, Bucking Kentucky's Downward Trend

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Traffic deaths in Jefferson County spiked 28.7 percent in the last year, despite a decline in the rest of Kentucky.

In 2013, 85 people have died in traffic accidents in the county, with less than a week before year's end, according to Kentucky State Police's traffic statistics. Sixty-six people died in Jefferson County traffic accidents in 2012.

The increase has no single, specific reason, said Lt. Joe Seelye, traffic unit commander for Louisville Metro Police, which investigated all but a few of the accidents.

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Local News
9:35 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Pending Inspection, Ramp from I-65 N to I-64 W in Downtown Louisville is Closed

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Kentucky transportation officials on Friday closed the ramp from northbound Interstate 65 to westbound I-64 in downtown Louisville out of concerns for "apparent" deterioration in a support column.

The ramp will stay closed pending an inspection. The interchange is in the area of the downtown part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, and contractor Walsh Construction will have a structural engineer join transportation cabinet engineers during the "thorough" inspection, the cabinet said in a news release.

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Local News
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

TARC to Offer New Route Between Kentucky and Indiana

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The Transit Authority of River City will soon offer commuters a new travel option between downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Beginning Jan. 27, two new TARC commuter coaches will make four daily round trips across the Ohio River via I-65.

Designed to be mobile work spaces, the coaches are equipped with electrical outlets, free wi-fi and overhead storage. Passengers will pay an express fare of $2.75.

TARC Executive Director Barry Barker wants the coaches to be exempt from tolling for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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Local News
5:06 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Map Shows Where TARC Buses Are in Louisville in Real Time

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In the past couple weeks, more talk than usual has focused on transportation in Louisville—the near future of TARC and the long-term future of getting around the city.

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Local News
3:48 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Louisville Wants Residents' Thoughts for New Long-Term Transportation Strategy

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Louisville is creating a long-term transportation strategy that will be included in the state's six-year road plan—meaning the ideas would get funding.

The strategy, called MoveLouisville, will consider every aspect of how Louisvillians may get from one place to another—motor vehicles, bikes, feet, bus or even train.

The process to develop the strategy begins next week with a series of public  comment sessions to get ideas for what, exactly, residents want in a long-range transportation plan. 

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