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Six lanes or bust?

Editorial

Practically speaking, the best way to ease Interstate 70 congestion would be to buy the rights of way for a future mass transit system and do the immediate fixes transportation planners already in have in mind to improve flows.

The debate about six-laning versus mass transportation as a decision that has to be made in the immediate future defies the logic of the situation.

First of all, six-laning would not begin until about 2010 and it would take 15 years to complete. And there’s a little problem about there being no money.

In this time, world energy politics and new technologies will likely conspire to reveal a mass transit solution that would work operationally and be in demand from the public.

Of course, in 10 years we might all be driving hybrid or hydrogen-powered cars. So maybe more lanes might be the answer.

But what concerns us is that no matter what means is found to move more people to the High Country ” are we prepared for it?

Issues locals should be discussing include our own mass transit (fortunately we have the Summit Stage), parking and a greater demand for real estate that could push out locals.

Affordable housing is an important issue to address today; it will be even more so in the future.


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