LETTER TO THE EDITOR: SB 271 can help economy, not harm transit | TahoeDailyTribune.com

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: SB 271 can help economy, not harm transit

In your April 22 edition, Tahoe Transportation District Manager Carl Hasty is quoted as saying that if Nevada’s Senate Bill 271 is passed and Nevada withdraws from the Bi-State Compact that “millions of dollars” in funding for Basin transportation would not be available. I know and like Carl. I agree that a new transportation relationship between public and private agencies may be needed if Nevada withdraws from the compact, but a new transportation cross-state relationship can be formed and the basin would remain eligible for federal and state transportation funds. Public and private agencies have the ability to continue to cooperate and collaborate in positive ways to deliver transit services just as other agencies do throughout California. Available federal and state transportation dollars will not be lost.

Nevada’s SB 271 will initiate a major structural change to TRPA that is needed if we are to be successful with our collective goal of greatly improving the region’s economy. We can have a prosperous regional economy and protect our environment. SB 271 will help us to make it so.

David Jinkens

South Lake Tahoe

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