The corridor is for everyone
Dear Editor:RFTA is seriously considering tearing up 13 miles of the historic railroad between and Carbondale and Glenwood in order to put in a Class A hiking and biking trail. I was always under the impression that, “The negotiated price of $8.5 million was funded through an innovative mix of local, state and federal funding: the local entities contributed $3.5 million; the Colorado Department of Transportation contributed $3 million from ISTEA (federal funds); the local entities applied for and received a $2 million Legacy Grant from the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund.” (Recreational Trails Plan, Glenwood Springs to Aspen CIS/DEIS/CP, December 1999, Roaring Fork Railroad Holding Authority.) The “entities” involved were Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Snowmass Village, Aspen, Eagle County and Pitkin County. (New Castle recently joined RFTA as a stakeholder, bringing the total of RFTA communities to eight.)As you know, all the RFTA communities are sales-taxed to support the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. If all of us are being taxed, shouldn’t all of us be able to enjoy this scenic and tranquil corridor? If the RFTA board goes ahead with staff recommendations to sell the rail for scrap, only hikers and bikers will be able to enjoy our corridor.On the other hand, if the RFTA board listens to the petition we are circulating, they will commission a citizen task force made up of trail and rail supporters to develop a plan that will allow the corridor to be shared by both modes of transportation. The petition is available at the Glenwood Railroad Museum at 413 Seventh St. (the Amtrak station) open every day but Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m.It’s a matter of fairness and equity!Jan GirardotGlenwood Railroad Museum
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