It would be great if certain towns & cities around where I live on the South Shore of Boston would stop fighting over proposed plans by my Town of Holbrook to allow a waste transfer station to be built along the existing CSX rail line. It would be a state of the art facility & handle 1,000 tons a day. Trucks would come to the facility, unload & after materials were sorted out, gondolas would be filled, covered for shipment to perhaps SEMASS, some to a huge landfill in Ohio or other locations. Our adjacent towns are fighting with us on flood zones, setback from the nearest home, traffic, even how long the train would be moving back & forth at a nearby railroad crossing even though the nightly train isn't in that area until after 11 PM, there is virtually little or no traffic at that hour, I've witnessed it when I go down to that area to wait for the freight.
The traffic concern is a joke, dozens of trucks carting dumpsters, rubbish packers, etc, traveling to and from the towns that are giving us all the hassle all cross those tracks each day, one might ask why aren't those towns complaining about that issue? I believe that when you do the math, each dumpster is about 15 tons, a rubbish packer can hold up to 20 tons, that is about 50 trucks per day, 10 hours a day equals half a dozen trucks per hour, one every 10-12 minutes? These towns that are fighting us would like to have everyone believing that there will be long lines like at a gas station during a gas shortage. Baloney!!
Did I forget the town of Braintree that is giving us the most trouble has a large transfer station & for every ton of waste that goes into the building the town get a cut of the action in dollars. Of course they don't want trucks coming to our town as they will loose out on the money grab. This is just the tip of the iceberg, some residents from that town think they can dictate to the railroad what time the CSX freight train operates even though it goes to a rail yard in that town to switch cars going to a soap making plant in Quincy. When they come to a open meeting they have never heard of the FRA / MBTA sets the clip on what times these trains can operate on those tracks, not residents. Never heard so many stupid things come out of peoples mouths. There are 2 other transfer stations on the Middleboro Line the safest time for the CSX train to doing all the switching is at night after the last commuter rail train has made it's run.
Love me or hate me.....I've kept the " Flame of Hope " lit & burning for MEC #501 since 1995. J. Smythe... Former Master Mechanic MEC #501 Project 1995-2000.