The railroad tracks aren’t utilized at all, perhaps just a few times a year and then mainly for engines and maintenance crews. In fact, they’re more a hindrance to cars, and therefore not worth anything.
But they do make a nice spot to store junk, and the City of Missoula has one of the largest junk storage areas I’ve seen, and right in prime real estate along that major transportation corridor.
So we’ll just let it sit there collecting junk:
And don’t forget there’s one stretch of that trail that just doesn’t even exist, forcing bicyclists to enter traffic, break laws, and give drivers headaches. Current and past city administrations have been perfectly fine with this.
You’ve seen the pictures, you’ve ridden by it – what will you do? Just continue to ignore it? That’s what our city officials have done for years. What a waste!
This area could be cleaned up. There are grants and TIFFs and TEDs and all kinds of other fancy-pants acronyms that allow things like this to be developed for the good of the community at no cost to you. And remember, if we weren’t pissing away money on out-of-state lawyers, consultants, and those conducting surveys, we’d have money for things we need.
Maybe the idea is just to keep the fence up, however, and keep this area wasting away.