Imagine what could happen if RTD’s FasTrack rail line is extended to Longmont in the next few years! While it’s possible that the train will still come to Longmont, it is also possible that Longmont may be dropped from the FasTracks system.
If Longmont were tied into the RTD rail network, we could:
- have easy access to various employment centers as far south as the Denver Tech Center,
- attend no-hassle baseball, football, or basketball games in Denver,
- catch a plane to DIA, and
- attract others to our city to boost our local economy.
While rail was promised to Longmont in the FasTracks election several years ago, it might not be built. Why? Because RTD has run out of dollars and they are now looking at potentially shortening the rail lines. Clearly, Longmont would be negatively impacted since we are at the end-of-line for the Northwest Corridor.
The RTD Board recently voted to postpone a November metro-wide tax ballot measure. While I think it is a smart move not to raise taxes in this broken economy, we must remind RTD to place an initiative on the ballot within the next two years. Otherwise, why would a resident in Lakewood or Denver vote to approve another RTD tax increase once they have their rail line built?
To ensure that we get the rail that we were promised, we need to talk to our elected officials and ask them to continue their good work on behalf of Longmont residents. Why should Longmont continue to pay $12 million into RTD coffers to build rail and provide bus service in other cities?
And maybe we should ask our City Council to shift their priorities. Let’s work on getting our city a rail line rather than another airport runway to be used only by corporate executives.