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In an hour-long WFPL news special on Friday, transportation activists discussed the Move Louisville plan and the city’s transportation future.

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WFPL’s Rick Howlett and Jacob Ryan conducted the interview. Our guests were:

  • Branden Klayko, Broken Sidewalk
  • Bud Hixson, Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation
  • Gretchen Milliken, Louisville Forward

The 20-year Move Louisville plan includes proposals for 16 projects and various maintenance and upgrades. It calls for a shift in how people move around the city — in short, fewer cars and more bikes, sidewalks and buses.

“Another big component of this is a walkable city,” Milliken said of the plan. “People are wanting more and more to live in a community where they can access things on their foot or at a short distance, possibly a bike or some other mode or a quick bus ride.”

Klayko said in order to get resident buy-in on the plan, it has to be made attractive and easy. “One of the major challenges Louisville faces is our streets are particularly not safe for pedestrians,” he said. “The infrastructure is incomplete, the network is…if you’re going to have to walk in a grassy field on the side of Dixie Highway, most people aren’t going to walk. If we can re-imagine the way those streets work and have them work for everyone in an equitable way, I think more people might try and do that.”

Hixson’s group, CART, has fought long and hard for a light rail system, which was not included in the plan. “We’re disappointed that we didn’t see more progress towards founding the backbone of a light rail system,” Hixson said.

Jonese Franklin is WFPL's News Editor.