Ah the joy of recommittment

The “regional transportation district” (RTD) is a special tax district for the provision of transportation services to the larger Front Range urban area. In my part of the world, it has often been seen as a way of taxing Boulder to pay for transportation services in Denver. No part of that has been more overt than the “fast tracks” program, voted into existence in 2004. It is there to provide rail service — to Denver. Boulder was promised a rail line, but such promises were obviously hollow at the time and have not improved since; no such line has been built with all that tax money we have paid.

(For the curious, this line was going to be built using an existing freight line. Somehow they were going to create regular passenger service on a single track, owned by Burlington Northern, where freight trains will have priority. It's hard to see how that would ever work well.)

Last week, we are informed, RTD “recommitted” to completing the northwest corridor through to Boulder and beyond. But one need only read to the end of the article to see what that is worth:

“Our current financial plan reaches out to 2040,” Jaquez said. “We don't have a (Northwest Rail) construction date identified within that timeframe because we don't have funds identified. If funds become available we will reassess the situation.”

It doesn't take a whole lot of cynicism to conclude that, in fact, nothing has changed and they have no intention of creating this line we were promised in 2004.