EUGENE, Ore. — EmX is one stop closer to extending into west Eugene.
The city council voted 7 to 1 to give the go-ahead for Lane Transit District to start development on the extension.
Councilor George Poling did make a motion to send it to a district wide vote, but it didn’t pass.
The council’s vote was key in the project getting $75 million in federal funding, but the Federal Transit Administration has to sign off on the environmental assessment first.
“The mitigation that’s outlined in the environmental assessment is required by law, so anything we do with those property owners that are affected can only make the situation better, so we’re really encouraged by that and that’ll happen over the next 18 months,” said LTD spokesman Andy Vobora.
“There will be no mitigation for businesses. Businesses will have to sink or swim on their own. Once they pass this stuff, they just move forward and they don’t care about businesses or these people,” said sports car shop owner Bob Macherione.
Construction could start as early as 2014.