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CART to Present Oral Arguments in Bridges Case

The following is a guest post from Clarence Hixson, CART’s Legal Counsel. Oral arguments appealing the 6th District’s dismissal of CART’s law suit will take place before the US 6th District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on June 25th.  We asked Mr. Hixson for a status report and asked him a couple of key questions.  Below are his responses.

 Why did the Appeals Court agree to hear oral arguments?

The final decisions of Federal District Court, ( in this case Judge Heyburn’s Final Order earlier this year dismissing all 20 of CART’s claims made in the Complaint) can be appealed to the Court of Appeals as a matter of right. The appeal has to be taken in compliance with federal civil Rule 4 and other rules providing a time limit for filing. CART’s appeal is not frivolous and states the jurisdiction and cause of action under the Administrative Procedures Act, NEPA and Title VI. Generally, the Appeal alleges that Judge Heyburn committed error in dismissing all the NEPA Claims and in denying the Motion for a Trial on the issue of intentional discrimination on the basis of race
by the decisions the states made and the subsequent project approval by FHWA.

All through Judge Heyburn’s Opinion he referred to the LSIORBP as an exceptionally significant project: The Court had serious questions as to CART’s standing through member Mattie Jones to make discrimination claims, but, “Again, due to the public nature of this suit and the import of CART’s Title VI claims, the Court will nevertheless address their substance.” Continue reading

Houston Transit Plan: A Model for Louisville?

The Houston bus transit system is being redesigned to take advantage of inefficiencies in the system.  The project is supposed to result in a system that reaches more people, increases headway on more routes and can be accomplished at no additional cost.  Can the same be accomplished in Louisville?  Is our bus system redundant and are their glaring inefficiencies? Read this article and let us know what you think.

(Images from Jarrett Walker at Human Transit)

Houston Before…    

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…And after redesign

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