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February 07, 2007


Matthew Maggy

I'm with you on the commuter rail idea, but with our state budget shortfall, I don't know how the heck we're going to pay for something of that magnitude. Any ideas?


Matthew, I appreciate your comment very much.

Here's what I think on the subject. Commuter rail could very well mean for the average Reno resident:

* wait for the bus
* ride bus to train
* wait for train
* get on train
* ride train to station
* wait for bus
* ride bus to destination

repeat process

Would you personally sign up for such a routine on a regular basis? If you live in Reno and answered yes, please find me 5 people who would answer the same way.

The long and short of it is, it's a pipe dream. If I were independently wealthy this service would already be running, I'd have just thrown the money at it. If I were going with a political expedience strategy I'd hope and pray a democrat got elected and wanted to fund alternative transportation infrastructure as a national backup plan.

Until then, this is free, unsolicited advice that I tried to get entered onto the public record and never received a response back. RTC is gnashing teeth trying to figure out how to run BRT up and down Virginia Street. Commuter rail will happen when I'm independently wealthy.

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