FASTRACKS TO NOWHERE
October 6, 2004
Letter to the Denver
Rocky Mountain News.
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Whenever a measure is put forth to expand Denver’s light rail system, several
thoughts come to mind.
rail is impractical for many people. I work in outside sales. My job
requires me to travel to several points around town every day, and to
carry a large amount of job-related material at all times. My phone can
ring and my schedule can change on a moment’s notice. There is no
practical alternative to the automobile for my line of work.
- I am
not unique. Consider parents who, in addition to going to and from work, take
the kids to baseball practice, swimming lessons and doctor appointments, and
run errands as well. Consider the roofer, the plumber, the realtor and
every other person whose work requires them to be mobile all day. Light rail
is practical for very few people. Its effect on traffic congestion is
is sacred about the RTD bus monopoly? If you want to expand mass transit, why
not let multiple private companies offer bus service? Let these companies
compete based on rates, routes, schedules and service. Let the best three
or five or eight companies win. Moreover, buses travel faster than light
rail trains, and it does not require a multi-billion dollar construction
project to establish a new bus line. These buses would be paid for by the
people who ride them, and nobody else.
paraphrase the late Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois: 0.4 percent here
and 0.4 percent there and soon you are talking about half my paycheck.
There are countless government programs that carry a seemingly small price
tag. However, when you compare the cost of these programs to the benefit
they produce, you realize that they constitute a very expensive taxpayer
FasTracks will cost Metro Denver taxpayers billions
and will only reduce traffic congestion by about one percent. The benefit
simply does not justify the cost. Vote “no” on FasTracks (Proposal 4A) on
Douglas F. Newman
Freely Speaking: Essays by Doug Newman
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