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A bus driver who worked for Lane Transit District since 2003 was arrested Thursday for calling in a bomb threat. Traffic was shut down traffic for more than an hour near the University of Oregon.

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Construction is underway for a new rapid transit bus route in West Eugene. The EmX expansion will be funded with $75-million in federal money. A group that opposes the project is still hoping to halt it.

This spring, the sound of roadwork has been audible on Eugene's downtown streets.

Here on the corner of 6th and Charnelton, workers are pouring concrete on a driveway apron.

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Lane Transit District is considering boosting its payroll tax starting as soon as next year. The LTD board says the additional income will help it restore bus services to the area.

With an improving economy, LTD says it's exploring an increase from $7 to $8 per $1000 dollars of payroll over 10 years. LTD's Andy Vobora says it's still deliberating on how soon to begin implementation.

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Lane Transit District is considering expanding its routes in the Eugene-Springfield area. Ideas include longer hours and possible bus service to the airport.

LTD is in talks with the City of Eugene about providing bus service to the airport. Russ Arnold, Marketing Manager with LTD says this is still just in discussion. He says the agency has heard from more than 2-thousand people with suggestions for improving service.

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Lane Transit District has received the final piece of funding from the federal government for the West Eugene Em-X Expansion. The Federal Transportation Administration has apportioned the remaining $50.54 million needed to continue the project.  LTD Director of Customer Services Andy Vobora says they were fortunate to get the funding they requested because there is a lot of competition at the federal level.

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Lane Transit District is putting off its major road construction work for the new West Eugene rapid transit line until the spring.

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Work is underway on a new rapid transit line in West Eugene. Lane Transit District is collaborating with "Friends of Trees" as it plans to take out about 200 trees in the EmX construction process. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Andy Vobora with LTD and Jennifer Killian with Friends of Trees. Rachael asked Andy how existing trees will be affected by the project.

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The Oregon Transportation Commission has set aside a pot of money for projects that fall outside of traditional roads and bridges. Lane Transit District has been awarded $2.8 million to build three new bike/pedestrian bridges in West Eugene.

Anyone who's ever tried to walk or bike across West 11th Avenue knows it can be sketchy.

Vobora: "You see people run across the street in the middle of the street and it's really unsafe."

Andy Vobora is with LTD. He says many people don't realize how many residents live just south of the traffic laden street.

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The Oregon Country Fair will lure thousands of people to the woods in Veneta this weekend.  KLCC's Rachael McDonald checked in with Fair General Manager Charlie Ruff this week to find out what fair-goers can expect.

Workers are putting finishing touches on the fanciful structures that dot the landscape of this wooded tract of land in Veneta. Charlie Ruff says this year's heavy snows and icy temperatures caused some damage.

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Sacred Heart’s RiverBend hospital in Springfield has a new EmX stop that is closer to the facility. About 50 supporters and dignitaries attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday (today).

Land Transit District’s EmX now stops at the Pavilion station located on RiverBend Drive. It provides direct access to Lane County’s largest medical center for thousands of patients and employees. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden stressed the importance of expanding public transportation.

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