Transpark Update

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With a new leader, new funding, and a newly released environmental study plans for the Kentucky Transpark move full speed ahead. Board of Directors of the Intermodal Transportation Authority, or I.T.A., came together Wednesday morning to complete a full agenda. Doctor Nick Crawford presented the final report compiled Western Kentucky University's Center for Cave and Karst Studies.

Opponents have questioned whether or not groundwater under the proposed site would flow into Mammoth Cave National Park. The final report features responses from scientists who read Crawford's preliminary report, and conclude it is unlikely groundwater would flow into the park system. Professors opposed to the proposed site could not respond to the summary of the new report until it is released in its entirety later this month.

The I.T.A. also has a new leader. Current Vice President of Operations Jim Vance will take the helm March 1, 2003. He replaces Dan Cherry, who resigned. Leaders also called the meeting to discuss how new federal funding secured by Congressman Ron Lewis will impact the Transpark. The money will be used to build access roads from I-65 and 31-W to the Transpark.