Elgin City Manager Gambles On Rail

Elgin City Manager Gambles On Rail

There are 4 comments on the www.elgincourier.com story from Jan 17, 2008, titled Elgin City Manager Gambles On Rail. In it, www.elgincourier.com reports that:

Elgin's City Manager, Jeff Coffee, has been aggressively pursuing the establishment of a commuter rail line to Elgin; however, Elgin is not currently a member of Capital Metro. What does this mean? Cities that are members of Capital Metro give up 1% of their available sales tax, and many of these cities have been doing so for years. Now, Elgin is trying to jump on the commuter rail band wagon without having to pay any of the upfront capital cost associated with their portion of the 20 mile rail line. How is the City of Elgin planning to pay for the rail line? By funneling federal transportation dollars that could be used to repair existing roadways. Do you think rail is viable for Elgin? Itís up to you as the voters to decide.

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Concerned Elginite

Austin, TX

#1 Jan 18, 2008
I think that Elgin should be more concerned about other items such as street improvements. Although in the long run commuter rail will be a great asset, there are more important infrastructure improvements that should be completed first. Secondly, are the people of Elgin really going to give up their independent to ride rail instead of drive to work? Also, what happens if Austin's commuter rail election fails like it did last time? Where are the residents of Elgin going to ride rail to? We should all look more closely at the "hidden" cost of commuter rail...
Giddings Resident

Austin, TX

#2 Jan 18, 2008
Rail would be good for Elgin (& Giddings), but fix your roads first! Also don't expect to "funnel" federal funds to pay for your portion of the rail line.
Lexington Commuter

Austin, TX

#3 Feb 4, 2008
As a commuter, I would love to see the rail come as far as Elgin. I don't know how much the savings in fuel and wear and tear would be, but I'm sure it would more than pay for the rail fee.
Concerned Elginite

New Orleans, LA

#4 Mar 4, 2008
Someone should look into how the City of Elgin "illegally" fast-tracked the annexation of their 80 acre commuter rail stop. The failed to post the proper notices for their citizens.

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