- Mar 30, 2019
The biggest disappointment was that there was a 180° turn part way through the process. C. B. and I both have journalism backgrounds that lead to a certain amount of cynicism. We knew there were many obstacles ahead, but Amtrak seemed open-minded about the ideas and so we pitched in. Part-way through, the staff person in charge -- who had lived and worked in Portland prior to joining Amtrak -- was relocated and everything tightened up. C.B. had to resort to FOIA actions to try to get info.Another "study," without any actual trains. Such disappointment.
And the last straw was that comments were solicited only from NARP in Washington, without opportunities for our more detailed response to things such as the proposed 14-hour layover for eastbound passengers through SLC. [NARP did relay some of our work.] Or their dismissal of the former C&S line through the university towns of Fort Collins (CSU) and Boulder (CU) and Front Range foothills protected open spaces, with access to downtown Cheyenne. Comments and offers of support from municipal governments were excluded from the report. The UP first draft demands for extensive capital projects were not critiqued. And so forth...
Instead of coming up with an honest and comprehensive report that would have shown this to be a costly project that might or might not garner congressional support it was made out to be ridiculously expensive.
A copy is attached.