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February 26, 2014
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Letter: Don't be railroaded into providing a grant without requiring bypass measures

CORP misleads the public

I very much appreciate The News-Review publicizing the problems with Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad blocking the crossings on Highway 99 and North Bank Road in Wilbur. I live off North Bank Road and have many times been significantly delayed by CORP’s switching operations blocking the crossings for periods up to 30 minutes.

CORP’s representative, Patrick Kerr, stated in a Feb. 9 article in The News-Review that blocked drivers can call a number posted at the crossings. Calling this number was also mentioned in The News-Review editorial on Feb. 16. There is no number posted at the North Bank Road crossing. There is no number visible traveling south on Highway 99 if a train is crossing. The only phone number is on an electrical enclosure on the south side of the tracks, visible by looking back along the tracks from the south side of the crossing. This number is 1-800-344-8261. It was very disingenuous for Patrick Kerr to claim that no one has complained by calling this number. Basically, if there is an emergency on North Bank Road, there is no posted number to call.

CORP built its switchyard with a big public grant and it is requesting more public money for an expansion. This expansion must include mitigation measures, such as a bypass, to reduce the inconvenience and risk to the public of their operations. I feel CORP has been very misleading in the discussion of the impact of its operations on the public.

Stanley Vejtasa


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