Supervisors have voted repeatedly to make recreation trails a priority for the rail corridor.
EL DORADO COUNTY -
El Dorado County board spurns proposal for an excursion train
By Carlos Alcalá - Sacramento Bee
El Dorado County supervisors rejected a compromise plan Tuesday to run an excursion train on existing rail lines west of Shingle Springs.
Supervisor Ray Nutting called himself a "pro-train guy" and board Chairman John Knight called the plan "a reasonable compromise," but both joined Supervisor Ron Briggs in rejecting the plan.
Supervisors Jack Sweeney and Norma Santiago voted for the compromise, which would have limited the train – operated by the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad – to a short section between Folsom and Latrobe, just a few miles.
It would also have provided that the service would be discontinued when the county established other plans for the rail corridor.
However, a majority of supervisors voted repeatedly to make recreation trails for hikers and bikers a priority for the rail corridor.
Trail advocates have seen rail use as incompatible, while rail advocates have claimed they can coexist.
An approved plan to allow trains east of Shingle Springs is enough compromise, said Mike Kenison, president of the Friends of the El Dorado Trail.
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