"Wishes for bridges each step of your way." - Maria Pavlik aka Penelope Puddle
Sunday, 21 August 2016
Paint ... But Do Not Hammer On Train Cars
YOU CAN paint graffiti on them ...
but (as the sign below says) hammering on train cars that carry hazardous materials is definitely a no, no.
Watching the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) methodically chug by,
we were reminded yet again that no person or vehicle will get in or out of Crescent Beach for about 15 minutes, including an ambulance or a fire truck.
The route of this overburdened and increasingly long freight train is a disaster-in-waiting.
The likelihood of the hillside along the tracks eroding and the possibility of coal train dust or toxic chemical spills harming the community is real.
Solutions have long been sought, from building a tunnel or a bridge to relocating the tracks.
Recently the idea of relocating the tracks has gained steam.
Local citizens urging politicians to study the matter see positive signs.
Now the BC government Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Surrey-White Rock Gordon Hogg, local mayors, federal Member of Parliament (MP) Ken Hardie and BC Transportation Minister Todd Stone are on board with the plan. This is only the start as financial considerations and negotiations with BNSF will no doubt run into stumbling blocks. Any new and most likely shorter route to destined ports would meet new environmental challenges.
If relocation of the tracks happens eventually, I will not miss the drifting art (vandalism to many) blocking a critical path several times a day.
Relocation will unlock larger portions of seascape to pedestrians. People will be able to freely walk and perhaps cycle from the City of White Rock to Crescent Beach in Surrey along one of the most scenic shorelines in BC.
What a privilege and a joy this would be not only for locals but for visitors from around the globe.
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