Mass transit making a move? |

Mass transit making a move?

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

I-70 CORRIDOR, Colo. ” Could the door be cracking open for the monorails talked about for the last decade on Interstate 70? Don’t hold your breath, but something slightly more tangible is now afoot.

Metropolitan Denver’s Regional Transportation District has agreed to review competing proposals from three companies to build trains between Denver International Airport and the city’s downtown. All three propose to use mag-lev technology, which use electrically charged magnets to power rail-based vehicles.

In an editorial, The Denver Post cautiously suggests that such mag-lev technology, if it works in Denver, might be the answer for the I-70 corridor. The newspaper notes that a mag-lev train in Shanghai, China, covers the 19 miles to the city’s airport in 7 minutes. The project cost $1.7 billion.

While Colorado pleads empty trouser pockets for big-ticket transportation items, the Post speculates that the three companies might help finance the line. This, says the newspaper, would give them a foothold in what could eventually be a huge U.S. market ” and might even get assistance from the federal government.

And if mag-lev trains work in metropolitan Denver, says The Post, there will be obvious interest for the I-70 corridor, “whose steep grades resist traditional steel-wheels on steel-rails service.”

WHISTLER, B.C. ” Michael Allen is a self-taught bear expert who has spent every summer for the last 10 years watching the bears eat and sleep, mate and fight, play and run.

For the last seven years he has led tours at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski area for people interested in bears. The cost is $189.

Allen told Pique newsmagazine that the black bears at Whistler Mountain have learned to adapt to a changed environment, including a smorgasbord of enhanced natural food, as well as new open spaces created by ski trails.

But not all bears have gotten As. Pique reports that the first bear of the season was killed after it broke into a van that contained garbage awaiting transit to a trash compactor.

The 5-year-old male had never bothered people before, but this year had bluff-charged people and also broken into houses. His ultimate no-no was breaking into houses while people were inside.

Nine bears were destroyed last year at Whistler in similar incidents.

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