Letter: Area communities need to be part of future Zip Rail discussion
The March 18 Post-Bulletin article under the headline "Privately funded plan for Zip Rail emerges" states: "Meadley said her group doesn't plan to spend time trying to convince communities to back their proposal. Rather, she said the conversation could be focused on the project's potential to transform the region and ideas for what could be done as part of it."
What does Wendy Meadley mean by "her group doesn't plan to spend time trying to convince communities to back their proposal"?
If the Zip Rail project moves forward, the communities are the ones that have to live with the impacts of Zip Rail forever. Why have the communities not been contacted?
I live in rural Zumbrota, one of those communities along the proposed corridors. This kind of mentality tells me that Meadley and the North American High Speed Rail Group (http://nahsr.com/) she represents as the NAHSR's chief strategy officer have no respect for the people, communities and livelihoods of those who live along the proposed Zip Rail corridors.
I have concerns about Zip Rail, funding being one of them. An article in the March 17 Post-Bulletin stated: "Meadley said the group would cover the total cost of the rail line's construction and operation" and "would not be contingent on federal or state funding." I say hold them to these statements.
Barbara A. Stussy