RFTA leaves door open for dinner train | PostIndependent.com

RFTA leaves door open for dinner train

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s board of directors will string along uncertainty over the status of lower valley railroad tracks for at least another month.

The RFTA board decided in a closed session last week to negotiate a contract to salvage rails, where they aren’t covered by a pedestrian trail, on the 30 miles between Woody Creek and Orrison Distributing on Highway 82. The board decided to negotiate a separate contract to salvage tracks on the three-mile stretch from Orrison to Glenwood’s 27th Street. They want to delay that smaller salvage operation, at least temporarily, “to keep the door open for a dinner train,” according to RFTA chief operating officer Dan Blankenship.

The board previously voted to proceed with tearing up and selling the rails and ties, and not pursue negotiations with any potential dinner or tourist train operators. But the board has never completely slammed the door on train plans, perhaps because of public pressure.

The RFTA board plans to meet next month with the head of a group that wants a dinner train on a stretch of approximately three miles just upvalley from Glenwood Springs.

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