Dennis Newman: I-70 rail a pipe dream |

Dennis Newman: I-70 rail a pipe dream

Dennis Newman

We are wasting far too much of our time and money on the I-70 rail pipe dream. This country has way more pressing needs in many areas than saving a few of us an hour on Sunday afternoon at a cost of billions of dollars. The basic problem is the lack of flexibility and the cost. What family is going to try to find a place to park at a terminal, carry skis or camping equipment to the train station, pay hundreds of dollars for train tickets (unless massively subsidized – remember that the Winter Park ski train couldn’t make it with $75 tickets even on existing tracks) and then repeat the process on the other end? Of course, if you are camping you really can’t take the train anyway, so our summer congestion continues.

Instead look to future developments like the “car trains” being experimented with in Europe. Cars with sensors so they can “hook up” at reasonable speeds in close proximity to each other and maintain the same speeds. This way the cost is spread out and born by those wanting to use it, not the whole country. And since you can disengage from the “train” you can now go when and where you want to.

The I-70 train is an idea that came too late, and the money we are spending on these feasibility studies is a typical government boondoggle and a waste of your money.

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