In a refreshing bit of local journalism, Cynthia Sewell of the Daily Paper detailed a pattern of
BUNGLING BUREAUCRATS either unwilling or unable to put together a plan to spend federal funds for a downtown transit center.
The fed money was earmarked for Boise in 2005, but Boise City, the Urban Renewal Agency (CCDC), Ada Highway District, and Valley Regional Transit officials have dithered so long it looks like the money will be lost without an act of congress to extend the spending deadline.
Based on what we could glean from the lengthy story, only the ACHD wants to involve the public in the process and that looks like a it will be a swift token hearing at this point without the extension.
The GUARDIAN is concerned that Team Dave and others are so keen on a trolley system they are just scurrying about with “plans” and forgetting to include citizens and the ACHD which are the ultimate authority on ANY use of streets or long term debt.
ACHD commish Sherry Huber summed up the situation saying, “They may have everything all decided, but we have a higher standard of public input.” (GO SHERRY!)
Team Dave and the VRT director discreetly traveled to Bellevue, Washington in November with a with a major property owner/developer to look at an “in street transit center” which seems like what we currently have. Based on the complaints of an ACHD commish being “left out of the loop” and lack of news reports or press releases, it would be fair to conclude Team Dave is quietly working with the developer to cater to his wishes.
Meanwhile Boise has no viable bus system and no doubt the public will be given an “either or” choice (if any choice at all) when it ultimately comes to a transit system.
The GUARDIAN has long advocated a well run bus system on existing surface streets, providing frequent service BEFORE jumping into long term debt for infrastructure. Common sense dictates
a good bus system needs to be integrated into ANY transit plan.
There will be a meeting Thursday Feb. 12, at the ACHD offices, 3775 Adams in Garden City. The public will NOT be allowed to speak to the issues.
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