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Train tracks need buffer zone


  |  Posted: Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 06:00 am

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It may be unfair of me to butt into this as I love the sound of train whistles. They make me feel secure in the knowledge that people are out there taking care of the world, doing their jobs. They are to me the symbol of the connectedness of all Canada.

However, Mr. Wells has a point which I can totally understand. Housing and businesses are altogether too close to the tracks. Lac Megantic and the recent disasters in New Brunswick demonstrate that fact very plainly.

Now that crude oil and the chemicals shipped with it are common daily cargo, it is no longer reasonable to have housing, business or industry so close to the tracks. Since the railroads cannot readily move their tracks as they were placed according to surveys, it well behooves the towns, cities and villages along the tracks to designate a sizeable tract of land each side of the tracks as non-use land. This would, of course, take a lot of time and money but it could be done if Canadians care about the safety of fellow citizens.

Such land could be developed as day use only parks and the dangerous goods could be shipped at night or some other idea may develop.

This alternate solution is just an idea to open the door to negotiation and some reasonable solution. You know, the way Canadians used to solve problems.

Joan H. Rea, St. Albert


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