EUGENE, Ore. — When Lane Transit District got back the environmental assessment report for an EmX extension into west Eugene, it asked for public comment. A local group took that one step further.
The Federal Transit Administration determined in a study that the improvements won’t have any harmful effects on the community, which means LTD will put together one final report to the city of Eugene.
The next step is allowing public comment until the end of August.
So Friday afternoon Our Money Our Transit is staging a public demonstration. The site of the demonstration was chosen due to the current road construction on 6th Avenue and the slow down of traffic and reduction of lanes.
Demonstrators say this project would be a major mistake for the city of Eugene.
“As soon as they put that EMX line down East 6th, it slows down and takes a lane from the other commuters, and you’ll see as the traffic comes up it starts blocking and backing up a couple of blocks worth, and that is how it will be all the time,” said Our Money, Our Transit demonstrator Bob Clarke.
If approved, the $95 million project will be funded by the state and by federal money.
The FTA is looking for public reviews. Click here to find out how you can give your input on the project.