Friday, June 14, 2013

CART in the news (1): Environmental issues and civil rights abuses.

Actually, the asphalt expansion plan set forth by the oligarch apologists serving on the late, unlamented Bridges Junta discriminates not only against "poor minorities," but additionally burdens any resident of the metropolitan area seeking alternatives to the hegemony of the automobile.

Quixotic, or potential roadblock? Bridges project has begun, but still faces CART lawsuit, by Steve Kaufman (Insider Louisville)

 ... The complaint sites Section 601 of the civil rights law, which says, “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

CART alleges that:

[by eliminating public transit from the alternatives under consideration], the defendants acted with deliberate indifference to the discriminatory impact of the [Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] and formulated a mega project that drained available federal funding . . . killing the affordable light rail transit project that had particular benefits for the protected class.

And “. . . defendants intentionally discriminated on the basis of race by adopting an unreasonable tolling plan that would disproportionately burden poor minorities for 46 years or more.”

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