Letters: Louisville track cutoff smells

I live on a double lot abutting Via Verde, a three-acre of rolling lots in Louisville, Kentucky. For two years, I have had a continuous problem with the railroad tracks cutting through the lot. The tracks were noticeably present on Oct. 31, 2017 and the most recent on Aug. 24, 2018.

One of the double lot abutters has stopped composting, due to the track cutting through their land, because of the smell. Now, they can’t help cleaning their large compost pile because of the smell coming from the tracks.

Terrace Street in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Please could you explain why this project (chasing new streetcar lines, still; pun intended) is happening at this location? There is a new Subway Map in a residential neighborhood, where these existing tracks enter and exit. The Parks Department and the rail line proposed to add tracks on Via Verde are doing nothing to design and construct a new one a few blocks down on Mount Nebo, which also has an adequate and existing signalized rail route, so a new traffic light could be added.

The services for the service on Via Verde do not exist, so a pedestrian walkway and cross walk would need to be built. Intersection signage could be improved and the right of way that runs along Via Verde could be developed.

Sid Singh

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