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#1 Sep 30, 2010
There are no proposals to use town money to reopen the Alto Tunnel. If the tunnel is reopened, the funds will need to come from regional, state and federal transportation funds,. The funds will most likely come from federal inter-modal transportation demonstration funds which will be spent elsewhere in the country if not for the Alto Tunnel. Unlike the Horse Hill bike path, the tunnel will be level, ADA accessible, and will be be a safe and traffic free route suitable for children and older walkers and bicyclists,. The tunnel will will open the final blockade in a 90 mile long multi-use corridor.
#2 Sep 30, 2010
Surely there are hundreds if not thousands of other inter-modal transportation projects that are far more worthy of regional, state and federal transportation funds than the re-opening of the Alto Tunnel. There's no evidence that children and older walkers in any numbers want to walk a couple of miles to go to the outskirts of Mill Valley. Get real!
#3 Sep 30, 2010
The projections are about 100,000,000 (one hundred million) users over the next 50 years. This tunnel connects 90 miles of multi-use trail. I think that it is a very worthy project that will successfully compete for funding based on it's merits. Not reopening the tunnel is like having highway 101, but not building the Richardson Bay bidge.
#4 Sep 30, 2010
It's a simple strategy: Attract outside capital to build the last link in a bike and walking system that encourages non-motorized transportation in the 101 corridor. We all love our cars, but if we can use them less we all benefit. Outside capital will come to this project because it is an example of successful efficiency planing. Why not be the beneficiary of years of effort and lead the nation. It's the California tradition over the last two generations. We have earned this good fortune. Let's welcome it!
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