Would You Use a Light Rail System from Boise to Caldwell?
Would you prefer things to stay the way they are, or can you see the benefit to adding a light rail in the Treasure Valley?
The proposed light rail line would stretch from Caldwell to Boise, parallel to Interstate 84. The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, or COMPASS, asked last year for the publics opinion on the proposed plan and posted a survey on their website. The survey mostly got positive feedback and support for the proposed new transportation.
In a response of over 11,700 people the vast majority, 92 percent to be exact, voted in a positive way. Most residents, at least the ones that took the time to respond want the light rail to happen from Caldwell to Boise and said they either support or would use the transit. While this is looking good for the project moving forward it still could be years and years, possibly even decades before a light rail is actually fully functional and running. According to Channel 7, only 6% said they don't support it and 2% needed more information.
Rachel Haukkala, The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho's Associate Planner said, "The process to plan and build a high-capacity transit system takes decades. While the survey results were predominantly in favor of high-capacity transit, it will still be many years before final decisions are made or a system is in place. Any future plans would include significant additional public input and would need public support for funding."
So how are people responding? Here are some local responses from Facebook of what people are saying about the possible addition of a light rail to the Treasure Valley. While the survey had mostly positive response, our facebook page had a very mixed bag...
Owen - Do you not learn from the other cities? It is cheaper to put buses on the road and you will still lose money. Light rail does not work in the heat and they cannot work in the cold. Ask Portland they are a pain in the neck and the people here get robbed daily. Some have even lost their lives due to this people trap. Please do not waste your money on this.
Megan - I can see a reason for it but i dont see the cost of putting it in paying for it in the long run. if they make it affordable to use. idaho has too many rural areas and its spread out so much i dont see alot of people using it. now on the other hand i can see it being used for the responsible adults going out to drink will use it to get back home.
Chad - Great another useless money sucking idea that will never get done! Kinda like the roads thru out Boise and meridian area!
Jake - Public transportation is a wonderful idea. It could very well cut down on the insanity that is I84.
Marjorie - Yes, it would be a great idea. I think it should go from Caldwell to Mountain Home.
Robin - Yes, I have been saying this, for years! The tracks are there, use them!! I don't need a lesson on tracks, How trains run or anything else, Thank you. I was stating there is a need... jfc...
Mindy - Do you know how many times this has been discussed? My entire adult life! I’ll believe it when I see it.
Phyllis - I dont see people using it here unless your from big cities people like there independence to much here