On with the rail sale
Sell it.The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority has an offer on the table – again – from A&K Railroad Materials to pay more than $900,000 to salvage the valley’s railroad tracks. That’s a good chunk of change for tracks that haven’t been in use for quite some time. This seems like a no-brainer. RFTA is battling fiscal shortfalls and could fill its coffers significantly with the sale of the rails. Yes, the Sept. 23 deadline does force RFTA’s hand somewhat, but the offer didn’t come out of the blue. It has been on the table in some form since July. And it’s not like other companies are clamoring for the rails. If it was a significantly low offer, one would think another company would come in to outbid A&K.Yes, the perception by some is that selling the rails would signify the death knell for a mass-transit rail system in the valley. But the viability of that system is questionable at best. If a viable system did come to pass, some major improvements or changes would be needed in the current railway anyway.RFTA is asking for more money this election season and it’s difficult to justify voting for an increase in taxes when RFTA is turning down money. Selling the rails would not only give RFTA a chunk of money that it could put to good use, but would also result in a trail for citizens that is now unused and, to an extent, not useable. Selling the rails would not only give RFTA a chunk of money that it could put to good use, but would also result in a trail for citizens that is now unused and, to an extent, not useable.
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