West Eugene EmX: When, where and how much?

West Eugene EmX: When, where and how much?
EmX training in Springfield, Ore., in advance of a January 2011 opening for the new route

EUGENE, Ore. -  As Lane Transit District drivers begin training and testing new EmX routes in Springfield, the agency is also working on plans for a third leg of the rapid bus transit system. 

LTD hopes to build a EmX line to carry riders to the Commerce Street area in West Eugene.

What is the proposed route?

LTD has narrowed down plans to three route options.

  • From the downtown Eugene EmX station, travel west down West 6th Avenue, south on Garfield Street and west on West 11th Avenue (an EmX bus traveling east would trave ldown West 7th Avenue)
     
  • From the downtown Eugene EmX station, travel west down West 6th Avenue, west on West 7th Place and west on West 11th Avenue (an EmX bus traveling east would trave ldown West 7th Avenue)
     
  • From the downtown Eugene EmX station, travel west on West 13th Avenue, north of Chambers and west on West 11th Avenue.


Draft Alternatives Analysis Range of Build Alternatives and Design Options
(pdf)

SEGMENT A EUGENE STATION TO GARFIELD

Segment A West 13th Alignment (clickable detailed section map pdf files)


Segment A West 6th/7th Alignment (clickable detailed section map pdf files)

SEGMENT B GARFIELD TO BELTLINE

Segment B 7th Place Alignment (clickable detailed section map pdf files)


Segment B West 11th Alignment (clickable detailed section map pdf files)
 

Additionally, there are two "no build" options. 

  • No build: no EmX line or changes to West 11th Avenue 
     
  • Transportation System Management--no EmX line but would make trafficchanges for LTD buses.  For example, LTD buses could start "queue jumping" like EmX buses currently do--a light for buses only would turn green a few seconds before motorists get a green light.

 

When will LTD decide on an option?

 

Members from a citizen group, LTD and the City of Eugene will give input. 

A decision should be made by March 2011, said LTD spokeswoman Cosette Rees.

Construction would start no earlier than 2015.

How much will it cost?

If the project moves forward, building the West Eugene EmX will cost between $92 million and $113 million dollars depending on which option is picked.

When asked if LTD should spend money on a project during the tough economy, Rees said, "It won't be under construction until we hopefully have recovered from this economy. But I don't think that just because the economy tanks, that we don't look forward."

Where does the money come from?

The project will be paid for with federal funding.  LTD is also requesting state lottery money.

How will this affect businesses?

No matter which route is picked, LTD will have to take property from both sides of West 11th, said Rees. 

Many business owners have objected to the plans, because it would take space out of the parking lots or

"The opposition on West 11th is itis going to totally destroy a lot of business there," said Jozeph Siekiel-Zdzienicki, a Eugene resident who is a member of a group called Our Money Our Transit, "because they're having to take so much property."

"We've tried to minimize impacts on their access, on their building, on their parking," said Rees. "We've really tried to do that as much as possible.