The Great Train Station Debate
"The mayor is only focused on the one [Fuller] site because of the parking," Kunselman continues. But he says the idea that new parking there would benefit railroad passengers is "grossly wrong. All that parking is competing with hospital visitors' parking, and it'll lose. Look at the Fuller Rd. lots now: they're all full during the day."
More fundamentally, Kunselman questions the employment justification for the project. "Any future job growth is speculation," he says. "We just can't expect thousands and thousands of new jobs in the next five years."
Lumm's concerns also extend beyond rebuilding or replacement. "I believe the train station project needs to be considered in the context of all of the city's transportation-related initiatives as well as in the context of all of the city's priorities," she emails.
"Is a new train station more important than connectors, county-wide bus transportation, or commuter trains? Is funding alternative transportation more important than funding public safety and other basic services? Based on their actions, it would appear the answer is yes for many of my colleagues, but not for me--I believe that we need to get basic services right first. Instead of signing a blank check for up to another half million dollars, Council should hit pause to make sure we do this right."