Tuesday, June 22, 1999

Sycamore officially joins foes of light-rail line

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — Opposition to the proposed light rail along Blue Ash Road is gathering steam.

        Echoing the voices of 900 Deer Park residents opposed to the transit system, the Sycamore Township Board of Trustees passed a resolution last week against light rail.

        The board had received complaints from residents who live along Blue Ash Road in the township, north of Galbraith Road to Belleview Street.

        “The trustees had already opposed the study for the light rail when it first came up,” said Lori Thompson, Sycamore Township administrator.

        Board members voted unanimously to oppose light rail Thursday.

        The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) plans to build the light rail system along a 10.3-mile stretch of existing railroad tracks, known as the Blue Ash Line, from the Norwood Lateral, north to Fields Ertel Road.

        About a mile of the tracks runs through Sycamore Township between Deer Park and Blue Ash.

        Richard Kent, president of the trustees board, said the opposition shown by Deer Park residents influenced the board to take a stand.

        Phyllis Jeffries, part of the opponents' group in Deer Park and Sycamore Township, said she is pleased with the township board's action.


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