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Green Calls For New Public Transit Funding Strategy

Independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green says he wants to see a change in how public transportation is funded in Louisville.

Green held a press conference Tuesday outside of TARC headquarters to say more money for the city’s bus system should come from the state and federal governments.

“Louisville needs a mayor that will go to Frankfort, be committed to public transit and send a message to Frankfort that ‘We’re not coming to you asking for money for bridges, we’re not coming to you asking to reconfigure highways. We’re coming to Frankfort asking for money for public transit,'” he says.

TARC is funded primarily through the city’s occupational tax.

Green is one of at least three independent candidates for mayor. Three Republicans and eight Democrats are also running.

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Jackie Green Says He'll Run For Mayor

Louisville transportation activist Jackie Green says he’ll be a candidate for mayor in next year’s election.

Green is the former executive director of the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation, or CART, and operates a bicycle courier business.

He says he’ll run as an independent candidate.

“We’re setting up staff right now.    Our fundraising plans are on hold.    We’ve been offered money.    I’ve said thank you to those who have offered money but we’re not ready to spend money in any significant way,” Green said Tuesday.

Green says transportation will be the main plank in his campaign platform, particularly the need for improvements in the city’s public transit system.

Six Democrats, two Republicans and one other independent candidate have announced they’ll seek the mayor’s office in 2010.

Incumbent Democrat Jerry Abramson won’t seek a final term in order to run for Lt. Governor in 2011.