Problems with corridor study |

Problems with corridor study

Now that everyone has settled into their summer routine, perhaps there is a chance a few people, including a few elected officials, can manage to focus on the largest single proposal for public expenditures in valley history.

I’m referring to the Corridor Investment Study (CIS), the basic blueprint for transportation planning for RFTA for the next 20 years. Its adoption will affect taxpayers in seven different jurisdictions for generations, and almost none of them are aware of the magnitude of the obligation they are being asked to shoulder.

The CIS fills 525 pages, so it isn’t practical to suggest that everyone run out and read it for themselves. Instead, over the next few weeks, I’ll provide some highlights of my own odyssey through the process of dissecting and understanding this inscrutable document.

I will submit installments to all the newspapers in the area, but since at least two of the Swift newspapers have imposed limits on both the length and frequency of readers’ letters, the only place you can be sure to see the complete series is The Aspen Daily News.

Context: The Denver Regional Transportation District runs an enormous mass-transit system serving a population base of 2.3 million people, at a cost of $128.77 per year for each and every living soul. Here in the Roaring Fork Valley were are currently spending double that amount per person.

If the CIS is implemented as proposed, expenditures will nearly double again in just the next five years.

Jeffrey Evans


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