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Sunday, March 3, 2024
March 3, 2024

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Letter: Cancel freight railroad plans


Thank you for articles about how Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad and Eric Temple are acting in our county. He is not someone the county should be doing business with.

In addition, times have changed and railroad/heavy industry is no longer a good fit for our county. I hope the current county councilors decide to kill the whole freight rail-dependent use project some of them have been pushing. There are businesses out there that are a much better fit for our county.

Finally, the railroad would be better used as a “rails to trails” venue. If the county wants to continue some kind of train business, I could see running tourist railroad traffic — fun trains, ways to see the county. But how much in taxpayer dollars will be spent upgrading the tracks for even that use, much less than what they would need for Eric Temple’s grand designs?

Cancel the freight rail-dependent use push. Let’s start fresh with better approaches.

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