The goal is to get a federal grant from 2006 spent before a March 2009 deadline.
Officials at all levels of government–and there are many–are being bombarded with conflicting locations for a transit mall and myriad designs. The most popular, at least from records we have seen and reported comments by officials, seems to be “option D,” which would leave 10th street open to traffic to satisfy complaints of merchants.
However, it looks to us like a recipe for disaster jamming passenger cars, buses, and pedestrians into a narrow side street. Not unlike shoehorning the Grove Hotel into the space it occupies at the expense of sidewalks and traffic lanes.
The result would create a loss of parking spaces, no bike lanes, compromised access to the alleyways that serve the merchants and restaurants, and a generally congested area.
Both the Daily Paper and KBCI-2 (which is 8 if you have cable or something else if you have HDTV), ran stories over the weekend indicating there was far from a consensus among merchants.
No one really wants to publicly oppose the proposed trolley or the transit mall, but privately they seem threatened and resigned to being bowled over by the likes of Boise City, ACHD, CCDC, COMPASS, and all the others who have public cash at their disposal to make slick presentations and shape public opinion through media efforts.
This document achdjointmtg1 came out of last Monday’s planning session and was “dumped” on the ACHD at a joint meeting on Thursday with the Boise City Council.
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