Rail salvage rethink
Dear Editor:The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority Board has crafted policies for the rail corridor that protect its open space, preserve it for future rail or transit service, and facilitate the completion of a regional trail. Protecting the open space, preserving the corridor for future transit, and constructing a trail are legal and financial obligations attached to the corridor’s purchase. The board must weigh the long-term implications of each corridor decision amid numerous competing interests, financial considerations and legal requirements. Some believe that using the rail bed for a trail might preclude future rail service, as it has between Woody Creek and Aspen where the tracks were removed. To save time and money constructing the trail, others feel no restrictions should be placed on using the rail bed. The board has attempted to strike a balance between these opposing viewpoints. Where necessary, to avoid wetlands and other costly geographical constraints, the trail can be built on the rail bed. Otherwise, the trail must be constructed off of the rail bed, because the cost of relocating large segments of trail to make room for a future transit system could be prohibitive.Given the dynamics, it isn’t easy to make everyone happy, especially when one wrong decision could foreclose vital options for generations to come. In order to make the best decisions possible, however, the board listens intently to the public. Based upon concerns expressed recently, the board will review the rail salvage matter at its Aug. 12 meeting.Dan BlankenshipCEORoaring Fork Transportation Authority
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Shopping local is more impactful than ever this holiday season. Aspen Times Arts Editor Andrew Travers has compiled some local shopping suggestions based on what he’s found so far this 2020 giving season.