Now is time to pur­sue sta­tion

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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