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#1 Nov 2, 2010
I totally agree with the above comments about the absurdity of spending $40 to $65 million dollars on opening the Alto Tunnel for the benefit of bike riders who want an easier and faster trip between Corte Madera and Mill Valley. There are alternate routes that wouldn't cost even a fraction of that amount, and there are much better uses for that huge sum of public funding--especially these days!
#2 Nov 2, 2010
Have the MCBC hold some bake sales and bike washes
to raise the money.
#3 Nov 2, 2010
Just another tired group of marin nimbys and hohas. alto tunnel will reduce car trips!
#4 Nov 2, 2010
If the tunnel is not stabilized and reopened, it will be necessary to spend an estimated $11,000,000 of local money to stabilize the collapsing tunnel with no additional benefit. If we stabilize and re-opening the tunnel, we will stimulate our local economy by getting back millions of the tax dollars that we have sent Washington, and will complete a wonderful transportation project that will significantly reduce traffic on our local roads.
The benefits to millions of multi-use trail users vastly outweigh the concerns of a few dozen NIMBYs about the sounds of people enjoying themselves. The bottom line is that people who live next to proposed trails usually hate the idea, but love the trails once they are open.
#5 Nov 3, 2010
So exactly who is it that would be using the tunnel? In one breath, Tunnel Supporter says it would be millions of multi-use trail users, but in the next breath it's going to be people who would otherwise be creating traffic congestion on our local roads.
The truth is that the half-mile long tunnel would be used by a hundred or so recreational bikers and a few hardy folks who commute by bike. At a cost of up to $65,000,000 it would be many decades before the cost could be amortized on anything resembling a reasonable per-trip basis.
Suggesting that there's a need to spend millions in local money to stabilize the tunnel anyway is a smoke-screen. Where does Tunnel Supporter get that?
#6 Nov 3, 2010
All of this information is presented very clearly in the $250,000 "Mill Valley to Corte Madera Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor Study". If you have any questions after reading the study and it's appendixes, I will be happy to answer them.
#7 Nov 5, 2010
And we all know that "the studies" are never wrong ... right?
1998 -- Bay Bridge cost study ... estimated cost:$1.3B ...
2005 -- Bay Bridge overruns shoot cost estimate to:$5.1B
2010 -- Bay Bridge "new" cost estimate:$6.3B
And that's for something we actually NEED ... unlike this stupid tunnel.
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