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Communities: Getting on Track

by on March 24, 2011

Social media sites like Facebook, MySpace, Digg, Google and Yahoo Groups, blogs, etc. continue to link people and communities together like never before.  This medium provides ready access to instant communication and an excellent opportunity for people with shared concerns, a cause in common, or unresolved challenges to discuss solutions, and collaborate on solving problems together, rather than in isolation.

It’s been a while since we linked the communities that have submitted comments or contacted Rail and Reason, so here is an update for our readers.  Residents from the following communities are facing challenges regarding either railway noise pollution, vibration, or emissions emanating from rail facilities, or a combination of these concerns:

(1) Windsor, ON in the Tell Us Your Story … Ontario page share their concerns about CP Rail and its idling locomotives and resulting diesel emissions and air pollution. Residents have raised the flag and question the potential health implications of CP’s practices on their community, given the mounting evidence that the international medical community is expressing over the negative impact that diesel exhaust and particulate matter can have on human health. They also commented on the post Clearing the Air on Idling.

(2) Kenora, ON in the Tell Us Your Story … Ontario page comments on their battle with CP Rail its idling locomotives, and the invasive noise this creates. CP Rail’s solution: Move!

(3) Brampton, ON in the Tell Us Your Story … Ontario page describes the excessive vibration from CN Rail trains by residents who believe that their homes, health, and sleep are being damaged by it.

(4) The community of Pointe-Saint-Charles in Montreal, QC has a website Nous et les Trains (Us and the Trains).  Their situation is also discussed in the www.cbc.ca article “Point residents want CN to hush trains”.

(5) A neighbour from Michigan, US comments on Bill C-587, The Railway Noise and Vibration Control Act regarding idling locomotives and resulting air pollution from diesel emissions.

(6) A resident in Greenhaven Estates in Strathcona County, AB supports another resident from Ardrossan, AB in their comments about excessive railway noise on the Resources page.

(7) North Vancouver, BC has a new blog called RANT: Residents Against Noisy Trains.  North Vancouver faces a variety of challenges from late night whistling disrupting sleep of residents along one densely populated rail corridor, to rail yard noise disrupting resident’s sleep in another populated area of the city.

(8) Vankleek Hill, ON residents battle idling CN Rail locomotives.  See “Decade-old fight against idling trains renewed”.

(9) Thornhill, ON residents welcome the Bill C-587, The Railway Noise and Vibration Control Act.  See “Proposed bill welcomed in Thornhill – Bill could lead to lowered rail noises”.

(10) New Westminister, BC residents continue their battle against night time rail noise.  See “Quayside residents continue fight against nighttime train noise”.

We’re Being Followed Too!

Our blog, railandreason.com, is also being followed by other rail blogs and websites including:

(1) New Westminister Quayside Community Board

(2) The Regional Answer to Canadian National (TRAC) from Chicago, IL.

(3) Edmonton Tamarack Community Group (Note: This community group is not longer online.)

(4) Railroaded from Strathcona County, AB.

(5) RANT: Residents Against Noisy Trains from North Vancouver, BC.

Link In Your Social Media Site

If you have a website, blog, Facebook, Google, or Yahoo Group, petition, or other social media site that you use to connect and communicate with people about community problems with railways, and you would like to have your group added to our “Community Groups” links, please send us an email via our Contact Us form.

If you don’t have a website or blog, you can still contribute your story in our Tell Us Your Story! pages.  Your story contribution can be anonymous to protect your privacy.  We think it’s important for people to share their stories so that others know that they are not alone, and to hold railway companies accountable for their operational impacts on communities and the environment, particularly when those impacts could be avoided altogether, or, at least, mitigated.

It’s time to for railway companies to make better choices by placing a higher priority and value on their resident communities and the environment, and the relationship that they have with both.

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