Letter to the editor: 14 years of taxes for nothing

Posted 12/31/18

Have you read the complaints about the Arvada/Wheat Ridge “G” Line being behind schedule? On Jan. 1 we will have been paying a regressive tax for this rail line for 14 years, not 2 years. Has …

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Letter to the editor: 14 years of taxes for nothing

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Have you read the complaints about the Arvada/Wheat Ridge “G” Line being behind schedule? On Jan. 1 we will have been paying a regressive tax for this rail line for 14 years, not 2 years. Has anyone ridden the cho-choo?
FasTracks was the warmed-over version of 1997 Guide-the-Ride, an update powered by 6-digit campaign contributions and no-bid contracts. Heard of “Pay-to-Play?”
The 2004 ballot asked for $4.7 billion, a figure chosen as what voters would buy, with the real price-tag double that.
Transportation professionals joined to oppose the scheme, but had no campaign money. FasTracksYes won. The public was saddled with a program offering slower transportation, half a percent congestion reduction lasting 5 months, added greenhouse gasses, ignored property rights...
Is this a scam or merely the result of misguided intentions?
Wouldn’t a little common sense dictate expansion of the proven bus rapid transit concept, at half the cost? Isn’t it time to recognize false promises and stop dumping big bucks down a rat-hole?
Tom Graham,
Arvada

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