Fairness and equity
Dear Editor:Why should we save the rails of the Roaring Fork rail corridor? I can give you at least three reasons: They serve as a placeholder, staking out the corridor as a transportation avenue, for use when the need presents itself. Once the rails are gone, they are gone forever; of the 1,200 rail corridors that have been converted to trails, only five have been converted back to commuter rail use when the necessity arose. They are a reminder of the history of our valley and the important part railroads have played in our valley. They are an asset that should be accessible to all of the people of the RFTA communities, not just hikers and bikers. This is just a matter of fairness and equity: If the rails are ripped up, only hikers and bikers will have the pleasure of our publicly owned corridor. If the rails are left intact and a simple trail is added, the rest of us taxpayers can enjoy the corridor’s tranquility from small, self-propelled rail vehicles.How can we save these rails? With your help, we can influence the RFTA board to slow down on this headlong rush to rip up the rails and appoint a citizen task force to develop a plan that would allow both rail and trails to share the rail corridor. Within a few months, we could have a workable blueprint that saves the rail corridor for the enjoyment and benefit of all the RFTA communities. Please visit the Glenwood Railroad Museum in the Amtrak station (open every day except Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m.) and sign the rails and trails petition. For more information on how you can help, call me at 928-8721.Think about it: It is just a matter of fairness and equity.Jan GirardotGlenwood Springs
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Facing a nearly more than $700,000 shortfall in transportation funding, Upper Roaring Fork Valley elected officials decided to dip into their savings account to continue all funding commitments for a year.