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On the other hand if McGinn’s real objection is to coal and not coal trains, then he should say so.
Where the coal is going.
See the point?
(caveat - just had lunch with one of my colleagues who was born just south of Beijing)
@2 -- Explain to me again why traffic congestion caused by coal shipments from Wyoming to China should be solved with Seattle tax dollars? If Peabody coal wants to block our streets for 2 hours of every day -- that's the plain math on it -- it should be up to them to fix the problem. But how likely do you think that is?
Do you have ANY idea how much that sort of work costs? (In part because of all the federal regulations related to construction on or around railroads.) I suggest you do a little research before throwing out such blithe pronouncements.
If we say no to the coal, it stays in the ground. A few coal companies take a hit on their (already declining) profits, and 7 billion humans are better off for it.
I do think Jim McDermott has a good idea in forcing the rail and mine operators to pay a mitigation tax, which at least would provide some money for dealing with the mess this makes given that Federal jurisdiction means they trains will be pretty difficult to stop.
It's almost as if the Port is being hypocritical by singling out traffic congestion from arena traffic but not caring about coal train street blockage, which will be far more significant.
It marginally benefited students at the University of Nevada-Reno, a little further north and in a large-ish food desert, who could more easily walk south to the all-you-can-eat buffets in the casinos.
Automobile traffic was never significantly impeded for locals, who knew other ways around the crossings, and mostly stayed the hell away from downtown anyway.
But whether or not coal trains pass through Washington State, the grade crossings need to be separated, since it now looks as though Obama will win a second term, and the Democrats will hold the Senate by at least one vote, the next two years may be our last best chance to try for Federal funds.