Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: rail

Jan.
13th

LAKEWOOD: Corridor needs big-picture approach

Re: “Lakewood wants ruling on train routes, not a trial” (TNT, 1-9).

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord/Lakewood/Interstate 5 corridor needs some long-term visionaries to come together and solve the multiple issues that are going to cost us taxpayers a lot of money and heartache.

Don’t you love trains? Apparently one group does, one does not, one only wants transit trains. Everyone wants a cross-base highway, more lanes on I-5, new overpasses, better access and no tolls – but no one has any money. Everyone speaks of safety of the intersections, but no one has solutions. People who live there want

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April
2nd

JOBS: Sen. Reid’s phony job creator

Sen. Harry Reid favors the building of a high-speed railroad from Victorville, Calif., to Las Vegas, Nev., at a cost to the taxpayers of $4.9 billion (TNT, 3-25). Here we go again!

The reasons given for such a vast expenditure of taxpayer money include revitalizing downtrodden Victorville and creating up to 80,000 jobs. Looking at a map, we find an interstate highway (Interstate 15) connecting greater Los Angeles directly to Las Vegas. The concept of “park and ride” from Victorville to Vegas may seem inviting, but one has to wonder whether the cost of the rail trip from Victorville

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April
30th

RAIL: Fast trains found in many towns

I am really disappointed in the editorial (TNT, 4-29) that sides with local officials who are afraid of rapidly moving passenger trains in their cities. Have none of the editors and officials ever traveled outside of Pierce County? The anti-train arguments, while no doubt well-meant, sound provincial and misinformed.

Fast trains (regular ones; bullet trains at 200 mph are another subject) are found all over Europe, where they rarely sound a warning at grade crossings, as well as in large metro areas in the U.S. The closest examples are in the San Francisco Bay Area and the metro Los Angeles

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April
30th

RAIL: Building overpasses would be overkill

Re: “Cities have valid concerns about rail bypass” (editorial, 4-29).

Railroad crossings are dangerous when people do stupid things and break the law, but let’s put things into perspective. A train going 20 mph can be just as deadly as one as one moving at 79 mph. Some train crews believe that slower trains strike more cars because more drivers think they can beat the slower train.

The crossing protection is set to provide 30 seconds of warning before the train, regardless of train speed. A short passenger train going 40 mph would block a street for about 52 seconds.

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