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Louisville lands federal help guiding growth around Dixie Highway transit plan

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A rendering shows focal points and the phases in which the project will be completed. A rendering shows focal points and the phases in which the project will be completed.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville is one of nine cities getting U.S. aid meant to guide growth around transit projects, the Federal Transit Administration announced this week.

The city plans to use the “technical assistance” for potential development near Dixie Highway in southwestern Jefferson County. Last October, Metro government received a $16.9 million grant to create increased bus service over 15 miles, from the Gene Snyder Freeway to downtown.

Terms of the federal support haven’t been finalized, although it could include multi-day consulting visits and one-time workshops, according to the FTA. The city and the Smart Growth America coalition will decide the details.

“There is not a financial amount or required time element tied to the technical assistance we have been granted,” Will Ford, spokesman for the Metro government’s Develop Louisville agency, said in an email.

The work will involve a range of planning, including creating strategies for assembling land and development incentives.

The push for growth comes as federal and state funds are being used to make a stretch of Dixie Highway safer from Crums Lane to Stonestreet Road. The latest version of the two-year state highway plan includes $16.3 million for construction in the area in the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.

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