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Radcliff council hears commuter train talk

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By Joshua Coffman

 

By JOSHUA COFFMAN jcoffman@thenewsenterprise.com RADCLIFF — Advocates of a regional commuter train service made a whistle stop Monday at a City Council work session. John Owen and David Morse of the Coalition for Advancement of Regional Transportation — or CART, a Louisville-based mass transit advocacy group — promoted the early stages of a test study to operate trains from Louisville to Elizabethtown. The path would run through Fort Knox along the Paducah & Louisville rail line. After the presentation, council members got on board by donationg a collective $100 from their personal accounts. Owen briefed the council on previous attempts to create commuter rail service in Louisville, such as a CSX study to run a line between the city’s Ford assembly plants, a brief restoration of Amtrak service and a light rail study by the Transit Authority of River City that was scrapped because of lack of state funding. Census data from 2000 indicated 15,000 people commute to and from the Derby City and Hardin and Meade counties. General population growth and the impending expansion at Fort Knox will only see those numbers grow, Owen said. CART is raising money to run an inspection train along the track and to tour commuter rails recently established in Nashville for a relatively small cost. “This is something we’re going to need to make the region grow,” Owen said. The group wants to run a public demonstration between Hardin County and downtown Louisville during Thunder over Louisville. It will cost the group $5,600 to fund the initial project which could show the efficiency of a commuter rail system. Louisville Metro Council members support the project, according to Owen, who now has spoken with the mayors of Radcliff, Elizabethtown and Vine Grove. He plans to also meet with county leaders in Meade and Hardin. “Everybody’s coming on board, I think,” Owen said.     Joshua Coffman can be reached at (270) 505-1740.