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I-70 train could miss the mark

Sam McCleneghan
Farmer's Korner

I agree with Tim Gagen. My intention with this letter is not to be an obstructionist, but to make sure we have our “feet on the ground and our head out of the clouds.”

The Mountain Communities are the playground. On any given weekend, the vehicles coming to and from the mountains have, bicycles, skis, snowboards, kayaks, are pulling boats, horse trailers, motor homes, hunting gear, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and so on. None of these folks can or will ride a train. They can’t take their toys.

And the Buddy Pass denizens of Denver? Many carpool for a ski day. How about the family of four coming for a week of skiing from, say, New York. Can we realistically expect them to to fly to Denver, load all of their baggage and skis onto a train, ride to Frisco, board another train to Breckenridge and then try and figure out how to get to their condo with all their stuff and then on to the grocery store, restaurants etc. without a car?

Why would they even consider such an option? I wouldn’t if I was in their shoes. What follows isn’t my idea and I won’t take credit for it. Someone said that for the billions that it would cost to build this railway, all the communities along the proposed rail line could work out a subsidized bus program for many decades and achieve the same result.

How many Denver skiers/boarders would line up for a $10 round trip ticket to Breckenridge, Vail, Copper, Keystone or Beaver Creek? And the results would be far more immediate.

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