Tolling Authority legislation does not pass

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It's a good day for Louisville

If you don't think we should toll all of Louisville's bridges to fund the massive expansion of a 23 lane Spaghetti Junction (15 years of construction, $2.6 Billion), then today is a good day. The Bridges Coalition which Mayor Abramson pulled together to push for tolls and the construction of the Downtown Bridge (i.e. Not the East End Bridge) didn't get it done this session. We'll keep you posted.

Maybe now we can have an honest conversation about the high benefit/cost ratio and overwhelming citizen support for the East End Bridge.

3/30 Update: In today's letter to the editor, The Bridges Coalition Chairman Ed Glasscock laments the failed legislation and the project's job creation potential. In our opinion, hiring people to build outdated and grossly over-built transportation infrastructure will only hurt the region's long-term economic prospects. Instead, we should be investing in transit and green space to make Louisville a more attractive, livable and sustainable city.

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"In our opinion, hiring people to build outdated and grossly over-built transportation infrastructure will only hurt the region's long-term economic prospects. Instead, we should be investing in transit and green space to make Louisville a more attractive, livable and sustainable city."

AMEN AMEN AMEN !!!!!! Our kids, and their kids will thank us! Louisville has long been one the best cities to raise a family ... all rankings aside, we living in the community understand this well. Ask us "what makes Louisville great!" and you'll find out !!!!! It's our keep the city clean spirit. It's our Unbridled Spirit that defines Kentucky and its citizens so well... not our highways. It's our longtime support of visionary projects like the Waterfront Development today, as well as respect for the vision of our forefathers ... visions they painstakingly invested lifetimes of wisdom, such as our Parks system. Thank u Mr Olmsted, and all who appreciate the splendor of your works from the White City to Louisville, Kentucky ... to Atlanta ... Washington DC ... and NYC / NJ .... its projects like these, championed by visionary people like you SIR (!) which stand as a testament to me ... of the potential for a greater tomorrow.

Most eloquently meant - if not so stated,
Loving life in Louisville, Ky.
Sean =) Rice

I loved the C-J story on 3/27 showing the new picnic area and the placement of the Lincoln art on the waterfront and the new bridge rendering two days later (that accompanied Glasscock's letter) that showed the new bridge plowing over both. There is a lot the Build ... folks hope nobody notices.

Monday, April 6, 2009

To: Tyler Allen & John Clay Stites

Your April 1, 2009 email comment on KY legislature's failure to pass tolling bill contained the following statement,

"We're not against tolls per se; - we shouldn't have to pay for something we don't need-- namely an over-priced,overdesigned, 23 lane Spaghetti Junction on our Waterfront."

I applaud your apparent change of heart that you now ARE WILLING to consider a tolling plan that will help get the East End Bridge built first.

Let us start working on an alternative Tolling Plan.

How about leting me contact some progressive agencies such as the Goldengate CA Bridge, Highway and Transportation Authority or even the venerable NY & NJ Port Authority.

I talked with Councilwoman Tina Ward Pugh at the March 17, 2009 Metro Dems debate, She confirmed that privatization - that is some foreign investor with $4.1 Billion ready to build both bridges for a profit is very much on the table.

864.0rg needs to have an alternative tolling plan. You or we can't fight Ed Glascock with nothing. We need an alternative.

David E. Blank
davideblank@yahoo.com
2119 Baringer Ave
Louis KY 40204
(502) 452-1081

I was discouraged by bike advocate Jackie Green's comments about 8664 in the paper a few days ago. However, his opinions do remind me/us that we need to keep trying to put 8664 in a context that transcends the issue of building (or not) bridges. We all know that 8664 is a vision that is part of a larger conversation about transportation infrastructure in general. However, while we mention light rail, improved public transortation, in the vision, what do we do to build relationship with people such as Jackie who are advocates for specific transportation alternatives?

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