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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 and the Amalgamated Transit Union reached agreement on a three-year labor pact hours before its existing contract expired. 

The new contract was arrived at just in time to meet the current contract’s July first expiration.  It grants annual cost of living increases of two, two point 75, and 3 point 35 percent respectively through 2017. 

L-T-D’s  Andy Verbora says its labor negotiations have come a long way from 2005, when the union went on strike:

Jessica Robinson

Safety experts say there are historically three big killers on the road: drunken driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and speeding. Public views have changed dramatically about seatbelts and driving drunk. But states are having a harder time changing attitudes about driving too fast, as anyone who’s ever zipped down I-5 can attest. There's still very little known about this ubiquitous bad habit or what to do about it.

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Pre-Construction activities are scheduled to begin in May for the West Eugene Em-X transit project.

The city of Eugene is trying to improve the safety of a portion of Willamette Street. Three alternatives are being considered for the stretch between 24th and 29th avenues. The first would be to keep the busy street in its current configuration with 4 vehicle traffic lanes and no bike lanes. Another would turn the roadway into three lanes with bike lanes on each side. The center lane would be a turn lane.

Jes Burns

A report out Monday says Americans are increasing their use of public transportation. This is true in the northwest where the Cascade Line between Eugene and Vancouver, BC is one of the fastest growing rail lines in the country. Tuesday, there's a conversation about rail in Eugene.

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A rising Yaquina River has eaten away the foundation of U.S. 20 through the Coast Range in a narrow, twisty section that for years has made trouble for drivers and highway workers alike.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says travel at a curve about four miles west of Eddyville in Lincoln County will be down to a single lane while crews bring in rock to rebuild the foundation. ODOT Spokesman Rick Little says the area was hit hard by the recent snowstorm.

The Role of Transit in Our Community Vision

Feb 3, 2014

Meeting Date: 1-31-14

Air Date: 2-3-14

Guest Speakers:  Larry Banks, PIVOT Architecture; Claire Syrett, Lane Coalition for Healthy and Active Youth (LCHAY); and Julie Daniel, BRING Recycling

Moderator: Rob Zako, Better Eugene-Springfield Transit (BEST)

Program Coordinators: Laura Potter and Rob Zako

Colin Fogarty

Time is running short for Oregon lawmakers to take the lead in building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River. That's according to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. This week the Democrat issued an ultimatum to lawmakers to act before the end of the 2014 session in March. Otherwise he'll shut the project down. The warning is just the latest twist in the decade-long effort to break ground on the mega-project.

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