|Salem's four zones|
One thing strangely missing from the piece is acknowledgment about the way the fragmented jurisdictions, some of the Lancaster corridor is City of Salem, some is unincorporated Marion County, may have complicated things. Surely this is a factor.
Still, relevant State officials declined to comment, and it remains murky why the Lancaster and State Street proposals were declined. It definitely seems like there is more to the story. Hopefully this will be an ongoing inquiry! Check it out.