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Quebec disaster should prompt train whistle cessation

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I donít know how long the person that wrote the Dec. 28 Our View article about funding the train whistle cessation program has lived in St Albert but obviously not very long.

Funding for the train whistle cessation has been in process for a number of years and the last request that is in front of council right now should be enough to bring this program to completion. (Other cities in Canada have had it for years).

With the disaster that happened in Quebec last summer I am seriously thinking that maybe the removal of the train tracks through St. Albert should be where we should be going with the funding, but safe crossings is a start.

To the writer: you should know that years ago one train came through St. Albert each day. I would venture to say that on an average in the summer six to seven trains come through St. Albert with many of those from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

As the writer may or not be aware the federal government has quietly approved trains to be longer then they have been in the past which means their annoying sounds even without the whistles blaring will keep us awake at night.

With the new developments going up west of Mission (right beside the tracks) and west of Lacombe Park Estates (right beside the tracks) I will guarantee you that there will be a large public outcry from these new residents if our present council does not do the right thing and budget the money to allow the residents of St. Albert the quiet and comfortable sleep that we all deserve.

I applaud council for moving on to complete this program before the price tag goes up again.

Dan Merkowsky, St. Albert


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