Mass Transit Ridership Up in US

EUGENE, Ore. — Mass transit was more popular in 2013 than is has been in 57 years, according to the American Public Transportation Association. In a report released Monday, APTA said 10.7 billion trips were taken using mass transportation last year. Locally, LTD says their overall ridership numbers have stayed pretty flat the last few … Continue reading »

LTD Ticket Machines Experience Problems

EUGENE, Ore. — If you’re planning on taking the bus, you might want to bring cash instead of a card to pay for your ticket. LTD says it’s having problems with its EmX ticket vending machines. It says people may have trouble with credit and debit card transactions. Officials say AT&T is upgrading its 2G … Continue reading »

EmX Line Honored with Award

EUGENE, Ore. — The EmX bus system is getting some international kudos. According to transportation experts, EmX is one of the best transit systems in the country. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg were honored Tuesday for their work on the bus rapid transit line. “We’re really excited about this award. We’re … Continue reading »

LTD Board Voting on EmX Extension

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane Transit District Board of Directors is expected to reaffirm its support for the EmX extension into west Eugene. 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 … Continue reading »

Council Passes West Eugene EmX Extension

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 … Continue reading »

Council to Vote on EmX Extension

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council will vote Wednesday on the fate of the West Eugene EmX Extension. In short, if the council doesn’t pass the EmX extension project Wednesday, there will likely be no project. There is a two-fold approval process going on at the local and federal levels. The city council’s support … Continue reading »

Local Leaders Support EmX

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s mayor and other supporters rallied Monday to support the EmX expansion into west Eugene. They say the route is important to the local economy and would add roughly $95 million for local construction jobs. “It’s transportation that’s more efficient. It reduces our fossil fuels, reduces air pollution and congestion. Transportation dollars … Continue reading »

EmX Line Opponents Hold Protest

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 … Continue reading »