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Letter: RFTA’s moves are offensive

Steve Damm
Glenwood Springs

It seem as though RFTA is ratcheting up the conversation on rail banking. The theory is, a good defense is a good offense. The new corridor survey is stamping out new ways to memorialize the current “no-cross” policy and take new ground with a claim of a 200-foot corridor on some sections.

Overreach is a common occurrence in government and this new study is a good example. It is a lesson on how to offend and dominate as many people and other governments as possible.

This new study is a threat to the South Bridge, the new Highway 82 bridge, the 8th Street bridge and the Cattle Creek crossing; and these are just the projects on the lower end of the valley.

To comply with the rigorous crossing edicts would cost millions of dollars and be subject to a “no negotiation” policy set in stone.

Some have proposed to file suit to nullify the rail banking sham. Let’s look at the math. It may be less expensive to hire an attorney with experience in successfully terminating rail banking than to pay unneeded construction cost.

Who are the winners and losers? Winners are local governments needing “logical cost” crossings, the taxpayers and the people that rightly own the property under the trail. The loser is RFTA and the entities that support it. RFTA will need to negotiate a purchase of each individual parcel to preserve the trail, unless the suit can also determine a common procedure for settlement. RFTA knows how to raise public money.

No more false hope of a railroad for passengers or freight going upvalley, no more obstructionism, no more land grabs. Let’s get honest about smart growth versus no growth in the valley floor.


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