Letter to the Editor: Why turn 64-Acres into a transit hub? | SierraSun.com

Letter to the Editor: Why turn 64-Acres into a transit hub?

What makes Tahoe unique and glorious? Why do people come here? Natural beauty and open space.

Imagine my shock when I learned of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agencyand#8217;s (TRPA) and the Tahoe Transportation Districtand#8217;s (TTD) renewed plan to once again try to run Highway 89 through our beloved 64-Acre Park.

Whatand#8217;s the big deal? 64-Acre Park is a gem. It hugs the Truckee River near the lake, is at the corner of our local storefronts and is a local and visitor favorite for running, picnicking, biking, hiking, rafting, cross-country skiing and enjoying the best that Tahoe City has to offer. It is home to wildlife and is part of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

A freeway cutting over the river and through the park would be a tragedy. I doubt the original gift of this land to the public envisioned this plan.

Do some still believe that the best and#8220;useand#8221; for public land is to pave it (especially in Tahoe)? TRPA and TTD are already building a bus depot and added additional parking in 64-Acre Park, for the purpose of encouraging public transportation. It seems like they just canand#8217;t keep their hands off the rest of it.

Why would TRPA and TTD even consider such a thing? All of this is being pursued under the guise of traffic flow and emergency vehicle access to the West Shore. Yet, no matter how many lanes are put through 64-Acre Park, there will still be just one lane in both directions on either side of the proposed road creating a funnel-like pattern in and out of the park. In addition, there are only a few times a year in which traffic is all that bad. Is there a reason why the TRPA and TTD cannot put their effort to working with Fanny Bridge?

Maybe the TRPA and TTD need to hear a new slogan: and#8220;Keep Tahoe Green!and#8221;

Evan Berg

Tahoe City

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