Mayor Kitty Piercy cast the decisive vote Wednesday in favor of building a controversial rapid-transit bus line in west Eugene, breaking a 4-4 tie on the City Council over Lane Transit District’s latest EmX project.
Then, in a subsequent vote, the council voted unanimously to select Sixth and Seventh avenues as the route to run the buses from downtown to West 11th Avenue. That was a victory for those opposed to running buses on 13th Avenue to West 11th, but it would be a more expensive route for LTD to operate. LTD has said it wants the West 13th route.
“I want us to have a complete transit system,” Piercy said after the meeting, adding that EmX will address city goals regarding compact development and lower carbon emissions. “Having EmX built out is very important to me.” [...]
This is huge news for the successful Lane Transit District! It's got two more approvals to pass before being finalized, but they should be a breeze.
I am personally excited for the chosen route down 6th and 7th, as it will run right past my apartment (though who knows where I'll be when it is constructed...)!