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Douglas John Bowen wrote:Meanwhile, on the political front, State Sen. Thomas Kean Jr. (R-21) continues to stump for cessation of all efforts to reactivate the Rahway Valley portion of the project. (It appears he may have given in to the ex-Staten Island portion.)Doug, don't forget that the RV reactivation is also supposed to include customers between Roselle Park and Summit, not just act as a "diversion" for through-freight. There are several commercial properties in Union alone that could benefit from reactivation, including a big "brownfield" adjacent to the ROW for which rail service could be major a factor in future development. Then there are the commercial properties along the ROW in Summit, Springfield, Kenilworth, and Roselle Park as well.
Mr. Kean appeared before a "good government" coalition of groups in Madison, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 30, to make his case. Disavowing any "NIMBY" sentiment, Mr. Kean focused on the possible impact of freight movements on roads (notably U.S. Route 22) and the inability of the route to offer "serious" freight diversion from area roads.
To NJ-ARP (present at the meeting), the two points seem paradoxical.
NJ-ARP is attempting to arrange a meeting with Sen. Kean to explore our relative (polar-opposite) positions more fully.
Ken W2KB wrote:>>>supposed to include customers between Roselle Park and Summit, not just act as a "diversion" for through-freight. <<<Ken, I didn't misunderstand Kean's remark. I meant "diversion" in terms of diverting through-freight from trucks to trains.
I think you misunderstand Kean's remark. He means diversion of trucks from area roads, not diversion of railfreight from one line to another. His view, as expressed to him by nimby constituents, is that the perceived adverse impact of rail reactivation (e.g., noise, safety) outweighs the benefits of eliminating some local area truck traffic by utilizing rail delivery. The economic development potential seems to be denied by nimbys, that being in character since they typically oppose industrial development in their extended backyards.