White Rock – The Editor, Does White Rock have any say regarding what is happening to our beach access?
The reality is trains and people share the waterfront. One person died and one person was hit by a train – terrible tragedies for the families and the community. But putting up fences and closing off access to the railroad tracks was a knee-jerk reaction.
BNSF, the Federal Rail Safety Board and the City of White Rock need to have discussions like grown ups and come up with solutions that make sense. We cannot protect people from themselves. If someone steps in front of a car, a bus, SkyTrain or a BNSF train, there is not much we can do.
Fences are an eyesore and they are costly.
They are not necessary and they are not wanted.
The two people who were hit entered the tracks at crossings or areas that will not be closed off. Why are we closing off areas that are not the cause of the problem?
Please re-evaluate the approach to rail safety in White Rock by taking into account all of the stakeholders’ needs. Knee-jerk reactions will not fix the problem.