Council thinks RFTA should consider selling train tracks |

Council thinks RFTA should consider selling train tracks

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – City officials here want the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority Board to reconsider selling its train tracks. On July 8, the RFTA Board declined an offer by A&K Railroad Materials of $900,000 to salvage the rail line between Glenwood Springs and Woody Creek. The company also offered to grade the railroad right of way so it could be used as a trail. Former Glenwood Springs City Councilman Don “Hooner” Gillespie spoke to council at its regular meeting Thursday night about the declined offer. “There’s no real reason not to do it except to have a symbolic track,” he said. According to RFTA Chief Executive Officer Dan Blankenship, the board rejected the offer because it felt it was important to keep the rails there as a reminder of why the right of way was purchased.Councilman Bruce Christensen asked fellow Councilman Dan Richardson – council’s representative on the RFTA Board – to revisit the salvage company’s offer at the next RFTA Board meeting.”It would be nice to get some value from that while we can,” Christensen said. “I have no problem bringing that to the board,” Richardson replied. Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext.

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