In yet ANOTHER attempt at playing trains, Mayor Dave Bieter has entered into a secret negotiation with the Boise Valley Railroad–the shortline that runs through town–to explore building a freight facility on land owned by Boise citizens.
Seems that Team Dave can’t get support for a trolley. They also can’t get a downtown “transit center” going and recently incurred the public wrath of a developer who has threatened to leave town if a transit center is built near his land.
They failed to get AMTRAK to stop here despite expenditure of millions of dollars in public funds and manpower to get a route through Boise.
The latest attempt to manipulate public opinion will be a Wednesday media event at the Depot (which is closed to the public most of the time) announcing a deal with BVRR.
Boise City will pay the private railroad company public tax dollars to maintain and service the stretch of rail currently owned by the city and leased to Union Pacific as a parking lot for empty rail cars.
Ultimately Boise wants to provide public land for a private transfer facility for those containers that haul freight on ships, trains, and trucks. Expect to hear that it will be great for the environment, jobs, the economy, and of course “the children.”
Boise has owned several hundred acres of land south of Gowen Field and has been in the land speculation business for several years, even going so far as to get a Federal license to own and operate a railroad.
A previous plan to “sell rail service” to warehouses and create a switching system failed after a $113,000 survey was conducted by the city government. The Union Pacific reportedly balked at that pipe dream.
Although the office of Mayor Dave Bieter refuses to provide press releases to the GUARDIAN, we feel this info is pretty accurate and worth sharing with citizens in advance of any manipulated media photo ops.
FROM POET PAUL–
The trolley idea came and fell
Now the mayor has a new track to sell
If Dave must have a train
Let’s avoid taxpayer pain
And buy Bieter a Lionel!
To insure more advertising-free Boise Guardian news, please consider financial support.