Guest Editorial - Light Rail (5/22/06)
In the late '80s and early '90s, a light rail system was proposed for the Jefferson County area. I think it's time to revisit that proposal.
I watched news accounts of the pushing and shoving and near riot conditions among people who had taken the bus downtown for Thunder over Louisville, and thought of how many of those frustrations could have been relieved with the help of a light rail system.
Granted, with the amount of people that come to Thunder, there will always be frustration, but a light rail system could have definitely helped.
Cleveland, Ohio -- home to three pro sports teams and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame -- has such a system in place. Chicago, New York and even Los Angeles have made strides to address and improve their mass transit systems.
This makes sense on so many levels. 84 percent of commuters drive to work by themselves and can't work from home. With a light rail system some of those commuters would be able to get to work without driving.
With the price of gas currently at three dollars a gallon, the incentive to commute is increased. A decrease in cars on the roads also would have an impact on the environment. With fewer people commuting, the reduction in emission levels would definitely help out on ozone action days.
With the continued growth of the area and plans for a downtown arena, it is definitely time to renew the light rail discussion.
I'm John Richardson, and that's my Point of View