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Letter to editor : Rail line abandonment

Irreplaceable resources being abandon to make a bicycle path.  What happens when fuel hits $25/gal?

Subject: Officials discuss replacing Colfax-Pullman rail with trail
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 06:49:53 -0700
From: Charles Petras <>

Editor Sir

Regarding the future abandonment of the Colfax-Pullman rail line
discussed in your May 12th article "Officials discuss replacing
Colfax-Pullman rail with trail."

The loss of this rail link would further erode the competitiveness of
our county.  As the price of fuel continues to increase -- as we all
know it will as the dollar continues its debt induced slide -- its
absolutely vital that efficient transportation infrastructure be called
into play so we can continue to supply competitively priced food to the
world markets.

Once the line is gone, its gone.  It would be cost prohibitive to
reconstitute most of the lines that have already been abandon (and
scraped), but if they are still in place then making them serviceable
would be a small percentage of new price.



Written by Chuck Petras

May 31, 2011 at 20:09

Posted in Letter to editor

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