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Don’t let Glenwood and Carbondale miss out

Dear Editor:The Armitage Group has proposed a dinner/excursion train between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. Permitting this to happen depends on convincing RFTA to review the proposal. They own the rails and are about to salvage the critical lower 12 miles without giving this proposal consideration. Please take the time to contact RFTA Chairman Dan Richardson at 920-5071 and ask him to give this proposal consideration on behalf of your community and the valley. He doesn’t believe there is community support.What a dinner/excursion train will do for our valley: It will provide and operate dinner and excursion trains on weekends throughout the year. It will generate sales of $1 million, carrying 28,000 passengers in its first year. This will generate from $3 million to $5 million in tourist revenues. It will invest in the community by providing year-round jobs and drawing on local services. Of special benefit, it will drop off excursion passengers in downtown Carbondale. It will be marketed cooperatively with other Glenwood Springs tourist attractions and offer discounts for visiting these attractions. It will promote itself and Glenwood Springs nationally and within the state. It will conservatively pay RFTA four times more than it will get for salvage. The Armitage Group has offered RFTA a bond for the salvage if it leaves the rails in place.Jan [Girardot] and I believe the Armitage Group has presented a well-founded serious proposal. We have met with Matt Armitage and are impressed. We believe this will stimulate business and vitality for the whole valley. Kip WheelerAspen