Now is time to pursue station
FROM: HAROLD LEE CHESAPEAKE CITY
Dear Mayor Alt, upon reading in the news that a $10 million grant to rebuild the Claymont, Del., Railroad Station has been received, perhaps this would be a chance for you to obtain rail service for our county.
My opinion is we are in need of public transportation to relieve the burden on our crowded highways, in particular the Baltimore Beltway. In the past, I’ve written letters to the Whig regarding my views on this matter. Having spent my career as an engineer on the North East Corridor, including commuter runs, I understand operations. If you ever need any assistance on how Amtrak operates, I would be glad to explain.
Perhaps you might like to hear some of my ideas about why rail service for our area is a good thing. Commuter service on SEPTA is up 53 percent. There is no need to spend a great deal of money to get started as most of the infrastructure is in place. There is no need to build an interlocking at Elkton. Estimated cost is $25 million. The plan is to go to Newark, Del., where the Davis Interlocking is in place to cross the trains over to go south. Any business wishing to locate in our area will look into what rail service is offered. A third main track is badly needed between Principio and North East to eliminate a choke point. There are a great many other things that can be done to get service underway as soon as possible without spending a lot of money.
Also, I am concerned about the practice of leaving shale oil trains unattended at outlying points. They are an open invitation to terrorist for sabotage. We don’t need another disaster like Canada experienced. They need to go to Delaware City as safely and quickly as possible. My only interest is all of this is as a concerned citizen.