Not only did Team Dave’s four year target to build a trolley seem overly optimistic, it didn’t consider the streets or permission to use them.
The GUARDIAN contacted the Ada County Highway District–the agency with authority over ALL streets in Ada County–asking about the Bieter trolley proposal.
The response from an ACHD spokesman illustrates a classic “cart before the horse.”
“…nobody (at ACHD) has been approached by Mayor Bieter or anybody else from Boise about a light rail downtown in the next four years. The closest we can come is the Downtown Mobility Study, which talked about a circulator shuttle bus that could someday morph into “a future rail or streetcar system” (p. 13, executive summary).
We’re willing to listen when/if asked.
Our major condition as a first step before considering any change would be an extensive public process that looks at the pros and cons and gives people a say on whether or not they’d like to entertain giving up lanes for light rail.”
The GUARDIAN also thought it odd to consider using revenues generated by parking cars in public garages to fund a transit system designed to DECREASE the use of cars parking garages!
It’s sort of like funding libraries with revenues from sale of surplus property that has never even been offered for sale.
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