Ambitious Move Louisville Plan Would Reduce Miles and Fix Infrastructure

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Mayor Fischer unveils 20-year multi-modal plan for LouisvilleKY

Move Louisville will guide infrastructure improvements and mobility options

LOUISVILLE, KY (April 14, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled Move Louisville, the city’s 20-year multi-modal plan, during the Regional Mobility Summit hosted by the Transit Authority of the River City (TARC).

Move Louisville takes a holistic approach to the city’s transportation system, which is a $5 billion asset that includes roadways, sidewalks, bike networks and trails.

The top two priorities identified in the plan are fixing and maintaining the existing infrastructure and reducing the number of miles that Louisvillians drive by providing and improving mobility options.

“If we fix our existing streets and sidewalks, embrace premium transit, and provide more complete streets with improved connectivity, we can create a safer, healthier and more livable city, and that will help us grow jobs,” said Fischer. “This investment in big, critical, long-term projects will strategically align us to support a thriving 21st Century city.”

The plan identifies 16 transformative projects that will help people travel to and from work, will increase safety, will provide more options for people to get around and will keep Louisville economically competitive, by building and maintaining an innovative transportation system.

“In the last five years, we’ve added 47,000 new jobs, 2,500 new businesses and seen billions in new investments. To keep that momentum going, our economy demands a safe, reliable and affordable transportation system,” said Fischer. “And creating new multi-modal options making it easier to walk, bike and take public transportation makes our city more attractive to the talent we need.”

Specifically, the plan calls for making sure Louisville streets serve all people and introducing fast and reliable premium transit options that could include street car, rail or Bus Rapid Transit, which is currently underway along Dixie Highway.  Move Louisville recommends strengthening and developing compact, walkable centers along Louisville’s major corridors like Dixie Highway, Bardstown Road, Preston Highway and Shelbyville Road.

Projects like completing the planned extension of Urton Lane from Middletown to Taylorsville Road and remaking 9th Street into a true urban boulevard will make it easier for people to get around the city and will improve the quality of life in Louisville neighborhoods.

Additionally, the plan identifies 8 policies that will guide the city’s future transportation investments and will inform land use and transportation decision-making. Those policies include shifting and increasing funding allocations, making Complete Street principles the norm, prioritizing high capacity corridors, considering transit a catalyst for infill development, streamlining transit service on key corridors, setting policy on preferred freight routes, managing parking and embracing smart mobility.

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Embracing Complete Street improvements, like the ones being made on East Market Street, and using technological advancements in every day life, like Uber and Lyft, will make Louisville’s streets safer and easier to get around.

Move Louisville prioritizes $1.4 billion over a 20-year period for improvements that are critical to enhancing the city’s transportation network – a $5 billion asset.  Funding for Move Louisville projects and priorities will come from a variety of sources, including federal, state and local dollars, along with grants like the one being used for Dixie Highway improvements.

Projects and priorities outlined in the Move Louisville plan were developed after a series of public meetings where citizens gave feedback about how to improve Louisville’s transportation system.

In addition to the unveiling, Fischer announced that today marks the first day of a 60-day public comment period. Residents are invited to attend a public open house Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m. in the lobby of TARC headquarters, 1000 W. Broadway. Additional open houses will be held over the next 60 days. Residents unable to attend the open houses can submit their comments through the city’s website.

At the completion of the public comment period, the plan will be presented to Metro Council for final comments and ultimately adapted as the mobility element of the new Comprehensive Plan, anticipated to be completed in 2017.

The Move Louisville plan was funded largely by a grant from the federal government, with additional funds provided by Louisville Metro Government and TARC. The planning process was led by Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Advanced Planning, in close partnership with Public Works and TARC and assisted by a team of consultants led by Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates.

To view the full Move Louisville plan and submit public comment, please visithttps://louisvilleky.gov/government/advanced-planning/move-louisville

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