It's no secret that Boise Mayor Dave Bieter wants a public rail system to address transit needs across the Treasure Valley. But when the Boise City Council announced plans for a downtown streetcar, which would run a circular route through the heart of downtown, the wheels on that "trolley" came to a screeching halt. Despite the city's best efforts to show that the downtown circulator was just the first phase in a plan that would eventually link downtown with Boise State and the Boise Airport, opposition came fast and furious. In the end, it was the lack of federal stimulus funding that put a stop to the plans--at least for now. We're still dreaming of that light rail system linking the valley.
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