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Grand Canyon Balking at Rail Proposal

January 24 2002 at 11:58 AM
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Grand Canyon National Park officials do not believe the railway’s proposal would fit in with current objectives. As the park’s project management team leader Brad Traver said, there would be problems with process and product.

If the plan would materialize, tourists would board trains in Williams for a 90-minute ride to the Canyon. Once there, they could hook up with rim tours or other types of in-park transportation.

First, the fee structure does not appeal to Traver. Under the railway’s plan, all South Rim visitors would pay a transportation fee to subsidize the operation. Second, and Traver said this was one of the biggest concerns, the train would not drop off passengers at Canyon View Information Plaza.

"The visitor center was built to be a transit station and that needs to be the first place visitors see to be able to function," Traver said. "To bring them in somewhere else, that’s not where we’re intending to bring people initially."

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