Wednesday, March 12, 2008

InlandRail group says NOW is the time to resume planning for a new light rail route...

Kim (KC) Traver, President of the new InlandRail group, left this pro light rail comment on an older thread below. We are going to post it out front today because this topic has been coming up in conversations among many transportation officals in our region lately. Here is what KC has to say on the matter:

How high do gasoline prices have to go before we plan for alternative transportation that is affordable, sustainable, and supportive of the Growth Management Act?

A majority of Spokane County residents are supportive of rail transit but the Spokane Transit Authority Board of Directors discontinued the work on light rail as "too proactive and ahead of its time".

All we are asking is that PLANNING for light rail transit resume so the region is postured to implement a system whenever the time is right for implementation.

Ironically, the former STA Light Rail Steering Committee calculated that the annual cost of delaying light rail is more than the annual cost of operating a light rail system.

It is time to conduct preliminary engineering for a south valley route between Spokane and Liberty Lake. We should also start NOW on planning the route to connect Spokane's downtown business district with the Spokane International Airport.

What IS in STA's comprehensive transit plan "2020", if not provisions for a regional high-capacity rail transit system?
-- KC Traver, PE, President

He's got a point. The national media was reporting yesterday that gasoline prices could rise any where between $3.75 to $4.00 per gallon this spring. What are your thoughts?


Jeanie Bryant said...

Wow!!!! It is great to see some folks that can look to the future needs of our community, and help all of us in planning responsible methods of caring for our enviroment, too. Light rail is a great idea worth investigating. The website is very helpful and laid out for easy use. Thankyou KC and all who are working on this project.

SRTC Staff said...

Thanks Jeanie! I know not everyone agrees, but with gas costing almost $3.50 in Liberty Lake, I would fight my way to the front of the line to use lightrail.

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