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Corridor too valuable

Dear Editor:Anyone who has lived and is a year-round resident of the Roaring Fork Valley from Glenwood to Aspen should certainly applaud the recent action of the Board of Directors of RFTA, voting to continue exploring some form of rail service that could be established, using the existing ex-D&RGW railroad right of way and existing rails for at least the Carbondale to Glenwood Springs segment of the line.One doesn’t have to be a rail fan or rail buff as various editorials and commentaries have called those interested in an alternate form of transportation other than the diesel bus, or private auto, to know that there are other forms of transportation, ways of travel.Most of the reports have been anything but objective. The greatest good for the greatest number of people certainly doesn’t mean I-70-type bike and hiking trails. I am sympathetic to such users, as I’ve hiked and biked over many trails in the valley, myself, since 1936.The rail corridor is far too valuable to be torn up, or paved over, as it has been already in several places, for a bike and hiking trail.In various trips up and down Highway 82, I’ve yet to see a single hiker or biker crossing the highway on the bridge built for them, at Wingo, between Basalt and just below Lazy Glen.Is that a sample of the usage of the trail one could expect if and when the trail is completed to Glenwood?Delbert GerbazGlenwood Springs


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