Someone PLEASE explain what it is with Boise Mayors and trains!
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is now floating another attempt at a downtown trolley to run from the Depot–which is closed to the public most of the time–to downtown among other routes.
He tells the business “leaders” at the charity speech for the Chamber of Commerce that it will cost a mere $50,000,000 for starters. He supports Councilor Clegg’s goal of getting it up and running in four years.
The trolley at Ybor City in Tampa, Florida is colorful, fun and goes to and from nowhere. It is an expensive colorful novelty. Amsterdam by contrast has an extensive–and expensive–trolley system. That one runs on the Euro, not the U.S. tax dollar.
We have done this drill in the past. For his $50 mill the GUARDIAN will offer citizens 100 buses…enough to cover 25 routes about every 15 minutes–and it is flexible because you don’t have to run on tracks with overhead wires.
Instead of running to and from downtown, how about doing shuttle buses up and down Fairview and Milwaukee? How about running from neighborhoods to the Cole-Overland CostCo-Edwards-WalMart area and Vista Village? You wanna get folks out of their cars, give them transport to places they shop.
We hate to be first to punch holes in this ill conceived idea, but someone has to get the word to Team Dave that trains are NOT a good idea.
We haven’t gotten the official word from the Highway District which is in command of the streets of Boise, but staffers only laughed when we asked if Team Dave had sought permission or studies for the latest trolley scheme.
Anymore ideas like downtown trolleys and the legislature will NEVER allow local option taxes for transportation.
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