Louisvillians have the opportunity to take part in the final Move Louisville public workshops, the culmination of a yearlong process that will determine the city’s long-range transportation wants and needs.
The proposed ideas could mean “a very different transportation landscape in Louisville’s future,” according to a Move Louisville news release.
A series of open houses/workshops are scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday. Move Louisville was designed to collect public input as to how the community can be better connected and have greater mobility between residences, work, shopping and leisure destinations.
Each open house will begin with a brief presentation by the transportation team, according to a news release. Attendees then can visit various stations to delve into specific project proposals, according to the release.
Members of the transportation team will be prepared to discuss and evaluate the impact of the proposed projects and review the effects on various modes of transportation addressed in the projects.
Open House Schedule:
• Tuesday, Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St. (This meeting will be held in the Mayor’s Gallery.)
There will also be an open house from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Shawnee Golf Course Club House, 460 Northwestern Pkwy.
• Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m. – Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop.
• Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 to 8 p.m. – St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane.
Following these meetings, an online public input period will be open the entire month of October. To review the progress and leave your comments, visit the Move Louisville website here.
Then, the Move Louisville team will move forward with drafting a plan to be submitted to Mayor Greg Fischer and the Metro Council.
As the first tangible output of Vision Louisville, the 30-year Move Louisville plan will recommend projects and policies to improve access and connectivity for people traveling by foot, bicycle, public transit or automobile. Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates is leading the team of planners creating the Move Louisville plan.
Move Louisville launched in November 2013 with public meetings to start defining measurable community goals that recognize the potentially broad benefits of transportation investments.
Those goals are to:
• provide connectivity choices
• improve safety and health
• promote economic growth
• maintain fiscal responsibility
• assure environmental sustainability
• enhance neighborhoods
• assure equity for all system users
“We listened to each of the hundreds of suggestions made during last winter’s workshops,” Paul Moore, a principle at Nelson\Nygaard, stated in the release.
“There was a wide variety of ideas. (The) open houses are an opportunity for community members to see how their ideas fit into the bigger picture and work to achieve the goals for Move Louisville.”
Louisville Metro received a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2012 Transportation, Community and System Preservation Grant Program for the Move Louisville project. The city partnered with the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) to help fund the local match for the project.
The Move Louisville plan will influence how local transportation dollars are invested, and what assistance is requested from the state and federal governments. It will take into account information and planning efforts by residents and partner agencies – including the Vision Louisville community process; TARC’s long-range plan; KIPDA’s “Connecting Kentuckiana”; Louisville Metro Parks’ Louisville Loop Project; and 21st Century Parks’ Parklands Project.