Serious flaws mar idea public transit would ease Interstate 70 congestion |

Serious flaws mar idea public transit would ease Interstate 70 congestion

Having now read several articles about both the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom regarding their thoughts on mitigating the Interstate 70 corridor traffic situation, there appear to be serious flaws regarding this whole issue.

Let’s take the following scenario. A Denver family returns home on Friday afternoon and drives 30 minutes in rush hour traffic to the rail head to catch the high speed train/bus, for which they then wait 15 to 20 minutes.

After making several intermediate stops (five to 10 minutes each) to pick up more passengers, they arrive at Frisco only to disembark and wait 15 minutes for a bus to Breckenridge.

After another 25 to 30 minutes to get to Breck and deposited at a bus stop, they have to drag their stuff to their condo or wait 30 minutes for a taxi.

Door to door, this takes four to five hours, for which they have the privilege of paying $40-$50 (pick a figure) per person. Would you do that?

Such transportation may be used primarily by out-of-state visitors, who probably account for a fraction of the weekend traffic. And how will this solve the I -70 weekend problem?

But wait, this is a winter and summer issue. It is one thing to head to a ski area, of which there are a limited number. It is quite another to have people heading to the mountains to hike, bike, kayak, sail, camp and/or fish, all at an infinite number of places.

Just how do I get from a condo to the trailhead for a 7 a.m. departure to Desolation Lake?

Where are the studies, which one hopes CDOT has properly commissioned, that address:

n The traffic mix of Front Range to out-of-state visitors on I-70;

n The cost of each proposed alternative for the average family to use;

n A representative door-to-door time line;

n How the mix changes as a function of time of year and the types of activities people undertake;

n How people will get around in the area once they are here; and, finally;

n A survey of who will use each transportation option based on the above factors?

Unless we understand the answers to these (and many more) questions, everyone weighing in is just blowing smoke. In fact, how could we have come this far without such a study? CDOT and Mr. Lindstrom: Assuming you can answer these questions, please kindly share the information with the rest of us who will have to live with the solution.

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