8664's Mayoral Transportation Questionnaire

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On April 19th, we emailed a Transportation Questionnaire to all the Mayoral Candidates. Last weekend we received the final responses, so we've compiled the results. We'd like to thank the candidates and their campaigns for taking the time and responding to our questions about Louisville's transportation future.

Here's today's Press Release which began...

Mayoral candidates oppose the ORBP by a 2-to-1 margin

Strong agreement on the East End Bridge, opposition to tolls on existing bridges and reversible lanes on the 2nd Street Bridge.

Here's a link directly to the results in table form.

And here are the unedited individual questionnaire responses:
Tyler Allen (D)
Greg Fischer (D)
Jackie Green (I)
Hal Heiner (R) - refused
Jim King (D)
Lisa Moxley (D)
Jonathon Robertson (R)
David Tandy (D)
Chris Thieneman (R)
Shannon White (D)

11 Comments

How serious are you all with flex-lanes on 2nd street bridge? Someone once told me that the bottleneck is not the lanes on the bridge, but the traffic signals at the ramps at the feet of the bridge. I haven't taken the time to go out there at rush hour and see, though.

My concern is a lack of reasonable bicycle and wheelchair accomodation on the bridge. Obviously, right now there is no safe way to cross the river, and that's a huge issue for a city of our size. If your household owns a motor vehicle, you can't possibly understand what this is like. Furthermore, Neither the K&I nor the Big 4 exactly serve the 2nd Street's market, they're a long way from a done deal, and there will periodically be closings of those bridges. It would be good to plan flex lanes so that they can be flexed to bike/wheelchair access when the need arises. In a future with fully operational Big4 and K&I bridges, that would not be during peak hours.

You bring up some good points. The lights at the foot of the bridge would clearly need to be adjusted for optimal efficiency. I like the idea of a ped/bike "flex" lane. Perhaps it could be based on the time of day. And with the right street lights -- like Bardstown Rd. -- two entire lanes could be ped/bike only on the weekends.

Tyler,

I know I have not been able to physically work for your campaign, but I have covinced 17 people to change from Fischer/King and vote for you.

You and your 8664 concept and your integrity is a main issue for me and my family.

JC, thanks for your work on the mayoral questionnaire. One correction. Independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green supports building a world class public transit system BEFORE building another interstate highway bridge over the river. That is a position of prioritization rather than a position of opposition. Grateful. Jackie Green

We need a bridge in the south end. Take advantage of the lower volume of traffic out on the Gene Snyder and the Greenbelt; put a bridge across the river out here. It would reroute quite a bit of traffic on a daily basis. Yes, we need an east end bridge as well, but why on earth would we even need another downtown bridge?

DOWNTOWN BRIDGE
I HAVE TO ASK WHY CITIZENS OF KENTUCKY ARE PAYING FOR INDIANA RESIDENTS TO COME OVER IN RUSH HOUR TO WORK IN KENTUCKY? LET INDIANA PAY FOR THE BRIDGE OR LET THEM MOVE TO KENTUCKY.
THE CURRENT BRIDGE CARRIES TRAFFIC FINE 20 HOURS A DAY.
EAST END BRIDGE
THIS WILL BE A GOOD MEANS TO BYPASS DOWNTOWN AND FOR PEOPLE LIVING EAST OF 65 A WAY TO GO NORTH.
CUTTING I64 DOWNTOWN.
I64 AND I65 ARE GREAT WAYS TO TRAVEL DOWNTOWN BUT THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE THRUWAYS. SOMEDAY WE WILL HAVE AN ACCIDENT THAT WILL FORCE CLEARING DOWNTOWN IF NOT DESTROYING PART OF IT.

With all due respect to Jackie's position, at least with saying the East End Bridge should be completed first, we know when it's actually complete. As for a "world class public transit system", how would we ever know that this is complete, as well as satisfies its proponents (including myself) enough for them to admit it is complete? It almost sounds like a way to stall the EE Bridge forever.

The reality is that we need improvements in both public and private transit. An East End Bridge was proven by a KYTC study to alleviate most of the cross-river impediments, which takes much of the traffic pressure off of Spaghetti Junction and the Kennedy Bridge. Since the problems with junction bottlenecks are what the overwhelming majority want to be dealt with, it is best for political and even financial reasons to proceed with the East End Bridge. After all, once it is completed, we may very well realize that most of the downtown ORBP components are unnecessary.

Also, we don't necessarily have to wait for the EE Bridge is complete before moving forward with many of CART's ideas, which I nearly entirely agree with.

The bottom line is the East End Bridge is imperative for regional economic reasons and needs to move forward, post haste.

Thanks for doing this great service. I read them all. It gave me more information on the issues I care about. Glad to know which candidates put some thought into the public transportation issue.

If I'm not mistaken the traffic projections given as justification for the ORBP have proven over the time period cited to be grossly inaccurate. Traffic volume has actually decreased from those projections that tried to scare the ORBP into being. If that is so then Spaghetti Junction should be "dead on arrival", as they say. So, assuming there are reasons for an EE Bridge other than traffic volume (and I think traffic volume, particularly through-town traffic is still one of many reasons for the EE Bridge), lets be prepared to advocate for the EE Bridge using those reasons more forcefully.

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