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Letter: Missed opportunity

Missed opportunity

In response to Paul Andersen's column in the Aspen Times on Monday, the time to avoid bus congestion in downtown Aspen was over a decade ago when the Roaring Fork Valley declined to pursue a valleywide light-rail system. The access in and out of the Galena Plaza is not at all well-suited to the number of busses that are handled on a daily basis by Rubey Park.

We had the opportunity to have light rail all the way into Aspen, which would have avoided the bus congestion we will inevitably face under the new bus rapid transit system. We would have had the opportunity to incorporate rail links to Denver International Airport and other mountain resorts. We would have enjoyed the amenities of light rail including food service, restrooms and WiFi, and still have a bike path on the Rio Grande. Instead we will waste our tax dollars and settle for more busses on an already congested highway just with more expensive bus stops.

We lost the opportunity to preserve our quality of life, reduce toxic fossil fuel emissions and combat global warming. Instead, we will settle for a lot less than had we pursued light rail when we had the chance.

Lisa Markalunas

Aspen