Phil Maverick 
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Re: “$6 million donated to get Springs Airport off the ground

Really? Wasted money. Agree with allocating that amount of money towards a rapid transit train from the Denver International Airport to Colorado Springs. Yes, it will take more time and more money than $6M, but this would be good for both visitors and RESIDENTS of Colorado Springs. Denver already has a dynamic rail system; Denver has a real INTERNATIONAL airport about an hour away - Colorado Springs needs to (and because of proximity can) accept and adopt these "Denver" resources as it's own benefits, and not squander money and energy failing to compete with DIA. Window dressing slush funds in hopes of bigger planes landing now and then will not change the reality of the modern aviation industry. It is too inefficient with hub and spoke systems, and its too expensive to fly into the Springs. It has been for years - that's why COS "enplanements" are irreversibly down (from 2,400,000 in 1996 to a little more than 500,000 this year). I consistently get a ticket (various airlines, from Austin) into Denver and a rental car for a week for about the same, and often less than the cost of just a plane ticket directly to COS (and then I need a rental car). With direct flights from so many cities into Denver, the time it takes to then drive to the Springs is usually less than the time waiting for some connecting flight. Put the funding into rapid transit up to DIA. (BTW: San Antonio SMSA population, 2.14million; Austin SMSA population, 2 million; the population density in both cities meriting direct flights elsewhere is why it works here to have two airports 80 miles apart; Denver SMSA population 2.7M; COS SMSA population, 650K)(so if you want to triple the population of COS to merit direct flights other than to Denver, that's what it would take to make sense, but then you'd need a bigger airport costing more and all things considered the train starts to look really good - greater benefits with greater economy.)

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Posted by Phil Maverick on 11/12/2015 at 11:48 PM

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