Our votes don’t count
May 14, 2002
Tim Semrau’s answers to my questions regarding the Entrance to Aspen offer some contradiction.
One bullet states, “Future light rail across the transit platform is the only permitted use.” In the next bullet, “until light rail is feasible, we have the option to use dedicated bus lanes.”
He later tells us all the options we voted down including funding buses across Marolt and funding light rail. Is City Council now going to build bus lanes even though we voted no?
Tim’s summary of the voting was to conclude that the community wants to have “significant mass transit solutions.” We voted down funding for light rail and we voted down separate bus lanes across Marolt. How did he make that leap?
We need to remember that Aspen is a resort. People come here to get away from rows of houses and overcrowding. Although real estate and development have usurped tourism as an industry, you can’t take all the qualities of a mining town turned ski town and change this resort into an overcrowded city with no open spaces.
We need to maintain the quality and vitality of the Aspen experience. Has anyone read the ACRA ads? The ads don’t say, “Come and experience our highways and buses.”
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I don’t think our City Councilmen are getting the message from the majority of Aspen’s voters. Three of our councilmen seem to be saying that our votes don’t count.