Re: “RTC Votes to Advance Rail Trail,” (goodtimes.sc, 2/4): I can’t believe this is controversial.
Our county’s population density is shaped like a line. There’s a rail line that we own that runs in the center of that density line, through all the towns. Traffic is terrible. Thousands of essential workers wait in traffic every day getting from Watsonville to Santa Cruz. Every study has shown that the best use of our rail corridor for transportation is to use it for rail transportation. Sadly, I fear those who are opposed are philosophically opposed to public transportation and other equity-related public services. They may say they “prefer bus,” but it’s well established that nobody prefers bus given the choice, and these Mid-County opponents never use public transit in any case. Let’s plan for rail, so when funding is available we can be first in line.
David Van Brink | Santa Cruz
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