Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Opponent of light rail considered for seat on regional transit board

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The leader of the successful campaign to defeat last fall's proposed light-rail sales tax will be considered today for a post on the board overseeing the area's largest public transit agency.

Yet the Ohio Elections Commission in June found Stephan Louis' Alternatives for Light Rail Transit guilty of a false statement in a television ad during last fall's campaign.

The statement said that the Federal Transit Administration had rated the MetroMoves plan, which included the proposed light rail system, as one of the worst in the country. The FTA has since said that it does not rate systems against one another, although Louis stands by the claim even though he says he was not involved with the ad's production.

Louis' name is among as many as four to be considered today by the Hamilton County Commission for a spot on the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which oversees Metro. There are two board spots coming open soon.


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