The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has unveiled a five-year plan to upgrade public transportation in the state.
The plan calls for expanding the number of bus stops in the Capital Region, building more bike and pedestrian paths, adding more bike lanes, and adding more accessible parking.
Matt Bevin unveiled the plan during a news conference Monday morning.
He said it will focus on improving safety and security in the county and surrounding areas.
“I’m pleased to announce that we have a plan that will bring the number and the type of public transportation investments to Kentucky by 2025 that I have advocated for for years,” Bevin said.
Bevin said he hopes the plan will be implemented as soon as possible and that it will be a part of the state’s economic development strategy.
“This will not be a quick fix, this will be an investment in Kentucky,” Beven said.
Bevin also said the plan includes investments in public transportation to improve safety and safety on both sides of the road.
He cited an incident in October when a man was killed when he was struck by a bus.
“When a person is killed on the side of the roadway, it is devastating,” Bevinsaid.
“That’s why I’m committed to making this a priority.”
He also touted the safety of all of the vehicles that pass through his county, adding that the plan focuses on safety first and foremost.
“It is not an easy job,” Bevan said.
“But we have the ability to work with partners across the country to build better roads and better bridges, and to do that, we have to make sure that we are making sure that people are being safe.”
A total of $5.6 billion in investments have been approved so far by the Kentucky General Assembly, and Bevin expects that number to increase to $6.5 billion.