By Parker County Judge Mark Riley
Providing transportation options for an ever-growing population is a daunting challenge. A system of roads and highways alone will not serve our growing county.
Like it or not, we are no longer the small rural county we enjoyed a few short years ago. Granted, as we look to the east, we are still a small part of the growth area. But nonetheless, we are a part of the western side of the Metroplex. We are linked to Fort Worth in many ways.
Every day, commuters drive bumper to bumper into Fort Worth and points beyond and back home again on the same congested highway. We know more growth is on the way. It is important to begin looking at alternatives to future highway congestion. It will get worse.
Commuter rail is an option. It is not a cheap option. But it is an option. Actually, it is the only option to provide a choice in transportation. I don’t know anyone in Parker County who would ride a bus to work every day.
To begin the public discussion about commuter rail, I am hosting a (Council of Governments) presentation April 5. This will allow the public and officials from each governmental entity to hear first hand what it will take to bring rail to Parker County. There are many questions to be answered. None will be easy. None will come quickly.
At the present time, it is estimated rail would be available in about 20 years. That is today’s estimate. Tomorrow it can change. Perhaps residents won’t want rail in the next 20 years. It will ultimately be a decision made by residents. But the dialogue must begin now.
The public and elected officials are invited to attend the luncheon April 5 at the Clear Fork Station in Willow Park, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost for lunch is $15. I hope to see you there. Email your lunch reservation and include a contact phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
By Parker County Judge Mark Riley
- Aledo ExtrA
Tuesday's school closings
Weatherford ISD, Weatherford Christian School, Aledo ISD, Brock ISD, Garner ISD, Millsap ISD, Springtown ISD, Poolville ISD and Peaster ISD, along with Weatherford College, have announced they will be closed Tuesday.
Aledo, Wichita Falls to play tonight in Waxahachie
The Aledo-Wichita Falls Class 4A high school football playoff game is scheduled to be played today at 6 p.m. at Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie.
Area school districts closed Monday
Concerns over icy roadways Monday morning have led area school disticts to call off school on Monday.
Aledo-Wichita Falls to meet in Waxahachie
The Aledo-Wichita Falls quarterfinal football playoff match, which has been a moving target since the ice storm visited the area last Thursday, has been set for Monday,
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Christmas Tyme in Aledo rescheduled
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Aledo ISD playoff game cancelled
The Aledo Bearcat AAAA Divison II State Quarter Final football playoff game set for tonight, Thursday, Dec. 5, has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
All-district volleyball - Classes 5A-4A-3A
Parker County volleyball polished off another stellar district-play year in November. The counties’ schools netted two outright district titles, a district co-champion, a district runner-up and a playoff-qualifying third-place finisher.
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