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Letter: We need a gondola to fix overcrowding

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Cars make their way through Little Cottonwood Canyon on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Change is never easy nor easily accepted, but the issue of overcrowded canyons is getting worse as our population continues to explode. The time for talk is over, the time for action is now.

In order to save our canyons, we need to do it the right way. More buses don’t solve the problem and neither does widening the road. Punching tunnels in the mountainside to add a train makes even less sense. The only way to help reduce canyon traffic, preserve the watershed, and cut down on pollution is to build a gondola system in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Building a gondola means making a change without impacting the canyon to a detrimental level. The gondola provides a clean energy option that saves us from paving more road and demolishing mountain sides for rail tracks. With a base station at La Caille the gondola will move faster than any car travel up the canyon. The key to this transportation puzzle is ease of use, reliability, speed and safety. The gondola provides all of these.

Change is necessary as our state becomes even more popular. We have to do something to preserve the beauty of our canyons for generations to come.

Holly Christensen

Salt Lake City