The board’s vote comes after the Eugene City Council voted 7-to-1 in favor of the project. It’s a step that’s required as LTD goes after federal funding for the extension.
“I think a lot of folks feel that until the deficit is taken care of on the federal level, we shouldn’t be investing in these projects. Our board’s position on that and the organization’s position is that these are funds that have been dedicated for transportation projects somewhere in the United States. Our project is ranked very well and the government has said they would fund it. If we said no to the money, it would go to another community,” said LTD spokesman Andy Vobora.
LTD says based on the way the project is timing out now, west Eugene EmX service could begin in 2017.