Boise Mayor Dave Bieter thought the setting was perfect. With the Boise Depot as a backdrop, Bieter was sworn in to a third term of office Tuesday night, and he didn't waste a moment before praising the benefits of rail transit.
"In the next four years, we have to begin building a new transit system for our city," said Bieter to a depot-full of applause. "We absolutely need trains to run through this depot again."
Bieter sang the praises of the 87-year-old landmark, even calling it a shrine.
"This wonderful station," said Bieter waving his arms to the soaring 3,500-square-foot atrium. "My brother and I even call it 'Our Lady of the Depot.'"
Bieter said his administration's challenge was to convince the citizenry that a transit project was necessary.
"I remember Gov. Cecil Andrus once said, 'I hope to leave this state better off for future generations,' but then he said, 'Hope is not strong enough. It's my obligation.' That's how I feel. This is my obligation."
Bieter also took time to swear in Boise's newest council member, Ben Quintana. In a landslide vote last November, Quintana secured 9,227 votes, more than both of his opponents combined.
"I never thought this day would come," said Quintana. "I'm so excited and anxious to begin this journey."