: Please take a quick RTC survey to support rail transit in the rail corridor!
Please support rail transit by taking a quick survey now!
The four-item Draft Short List of Alternatives for transit on the rail corridor has been released. Our input in support of a rail option is needed now to make it clear to the RTC staff and commissioners which choices are best for our community. The deadline for public input is May 11, 2020. The Draft Short List of Alternatives is as follows:
We have the opportunity to voice our opinion until May 11, 2020, when the RTC staff will give a recommendation to the Commission. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. If you'd like suggestions on the survey, please see our question-by-question guide and comparison table below.
FORT’s Guide to The Survey:
Question 1: BRT meets none of the listed transportation needs.
Question 2: Light Rail meets all of the listed transportation needs.
Question 3: Commuter Rail meets all of the listed transportation needs.
Question 4: Autonomous Road “Train” meets some of the listed transportation needs. However, this would require expensive and time-consuming demolition and reconstruction of the entire rail corridor, would prevent any future rail use, and is an unproven technology, not currently regulated for use anywhere in the USA, that comes with many risks and unknowns.
Question 13: The survey asks about the importance of freight and other rail businesses. Please show support for Roaring Camp by checking “Very Important” and point out that Roaring Camp needs the rail line.
Question 15: One-way trips with a bicycle could be mentioned here.
Question 16: FORT recommends choosing these 2 options:
Question 18: asks for your final comments. Here are some suggested talking points:
FORT's Breakdown of the Alternatives Analysis Data:
Here is a quick comparison of the four short-listed options using only data from the RTC open house website.
To learn more, go to the RTC Online Open House.
To take a deeper dive into FORT’s analysis, see the document below, which translates the RTC letter grades into numeric scores for each alternative.
From Sally Arnold, Chair of the Friends of the Rail & Trail