Not so smart
EDITOR: I like train travel more than most people I know, but even I'm beginning to admit that something smells fishy with SMART.
After stealing money from the bike path to buy more rail cars (“County shifts $6.6 million to SMART,” Tuesday), it's crystal clear that SMART has no intention of ever completing the path. Why would they do this? Could it be because SMART only used the bike path as a ploy to get Measure Q passed? Or is it because they want to reduce alternate transportation choices and have the train be the only option?
The train isn't even running yet, so how can SMART justify the need for more rail cars? They don't know the demand. Saying “the price probably would increase and delivery probably would be delayed” is not very reassuring.
On the other hand, it has been clear for years that there is a great demand for a bike path that connects the North Bay.
This decision is only going to hurt SMART because it limits people's access to convenient and varied transportation choices. And when you limit transit choices, people will continue to go with what works for them — driving on Highway 101.
You're not so smart after all.
EDITOR: I am so happy that my City Council members voted to spend a million bucks or so of our tax money to buy the top of Fitch Mountain (“Mountaintop to be park,” Monday). This will prevent a few mega homes from being built and will give the public access to this wonderful land in three years.
Now it is true that the citizens have access to this land today. I've hiked up there many times on the trails and fire roads. But now that the city owns it and has farmed out the management of the land to the Land Paths organization, I am sure the hiking experience will be augmented . . . in three years.
Another brilliant bureaucratic coup (using our tax money) for the “no changes necessary to our pensions” City Council of Healdsburg.