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Regional report says coal train traffic doesn’t make cents

Regional report says coal train traffic doesn’t make cents

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KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A coal terminal proposed for Cherry Point in Whatcom County could have a negative impact on the central Puget Sound’s economy.

That’s according a new report from the Puget Sound Regional Council.

Council spokesperson Rick Olson:

 

The report found that roads could be blocked up to an additional 90 minutes per day.

It says 34 of 101 rail crossings will need improvements to keep traffic moving and hundreds of millions dollars will be required to build new under or over-passes.

 

Life-saving ambulances and fire engines could be held waiting at 21 crossings that are close to hospitals and fire stations.

The report says low-income and minority populations in King and Snohomish counties will be disproportionately hurt by train operations.

The report finds that rail traffic will increase significantly even without the coal trains and that doesn’t  factor in the impact of additional oil trains in the area.

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