Commuter Rail’s future in Parker County will be the focus of a meeting held by Parker County Judge Mark Riley on Fri., April 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Clear Fork Station Banquet Hall in Willow Park.Members of the public and local elected officials are invited to the luncheon, which will feature a presentation from the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Tom Shelton.Riley said providing transportation options for an ever-growing population is a daunting challenge, one that a system of roads and highways alone will not be able to keep up with.“Every day we have commuters drive bumper to bumper into Fort Worth and points beyond and then back home again on the same congested highway,” Riley said. “With more growth on the way, it is important to begin looking at alternatives to future highway congestion.”Passenger rail is an option, Riley said, which is why he wants to start a public discussion on the topic.“This presentation will allow the public and officials from each governmental entity to hear firsthand what it will take to bring rail to Parker County,” he said.Riley, who sits as a member of the Regional Transportation Council, said ultimately the future of commuter rail for Parker County will be a decision made by Parker County residents, but discussion must begin now.“Currently, there are estimates that we could have rail available in approximately 20 years,” he said. “Things could change, but we cannot sit idly by and just see what happens. Our future is in our hands. The time to begin a dialogue on commuter rail is now.”To attend, e-mail your lunch reservation and include a contact phone number to email@example.com. The cost of lunch is $15.