Thursday, August 31, 2000

More federal funds available for Ohio-Ky. light rail study

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The billion-dollar, 43-mile light-rail transit line in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky got a shot in the arm from Washington on Wednesday, as more funding for a preliminary engineering study was announced.

        Kentucky Democratic Rep. Ken Lucas of Richwood and Ohio Republican Rep. Rob Portman of Terrace Park announced that the study will receive $1,786,595 in fiscal year 1999 funds and $981,079 in fiscal year 2000 funds.

        The study, under way for more than a year, is being conducted by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

        OKI's team of planners, engineers and consultants has been looking at the impact of the light-rail line designed to run southwest/northeast from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Florence through Covington, downtown Cincinnati, and on to Paramount's Kings Island in Warren County.

        The team is preparing a report that would “refine the proposed route and station locations, and determine costs, benefits and impacts based on community input,” according to Mr. Lucas.


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