Hello Fans of Commuter rail on the NW corridor through FasTracks!!
The City Council of Longmont and RTD are having a joint meeting this coming Thursday, April 28th at the Longmont Senior Center, Rms D & E, 910 Longs Peak Ave. The meeting will be between 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
We’ve been busy since the last update. Karen Benker, as co-founder of C4FF and Joan Peck, Longmont City Council, have addressed the Longmont Chamber, Louisville City Council and the Tri-City Chamber Alliance (Longmont, Boulder and Broomfield) about the need to push for our commuter rail above any BRT buildouts. Karen recently gave an interview on Colorado Matters, representing C4FF (http://www.cpr.org/sitesearch/Karen%20Benker%20and%20colorado%20matters). Joan Peck attended an MCC (US 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalition) in Washington D.C. This trip was a transportation lobbying trip to talk to the Colorado Delegation about transit in Colorado. Unfortunately, Joan was the only one of the 21 people who attended speaking out and lobbying for the NW Rail Corridor to be completed. The rest of the delegation lobbied for buses in and around Boulder and the bike path parallel to U.S. 36. The good news is that Congressman Jared Polis is totally on board with finishing the FasTracks vision, not any more buses.
As a Council woman representing Longmont, Joan has contacted, with success, the Mayors of Louisville, Robert Muckle, Broomfield, Randy Ahrens, Westminster, Herb Atchinson and of course, Longmont, Dennis Coombs to sign resolutions and form a coalition to represent a NW corridor alliance. This alliance, when formed, will work with RTD to create a plan to be presented to BNSF railroad to start a conversation about costs and grants.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Contact your Mayors, encouraging them to form this alliance. We need it done before our Director, Judy Lubow’s term is up in December.
Come to the joint meeting in Longmont this Thursday to hear RTD’s response to our comments.
Keep the conversation going, we are making tracks!!
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