Concerned railroad infringes on park

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 14, 2013 

Bellingham is in danger of losing its beautiful Boulevard Park, a hallmark of the city. Everyone is rightly concerned about the increase in railroad activity due to the coal export project at Cherry Point. But stopping that project is not going to solve the problem. As the economy recovers there will be increased demand for rail transport. BNSF will eventually be forced to increase traffic and assert its rights over portions of the park area. The only way to prevent the inevitable is to create another rail corridor. Interstate 5 and Highway 9 are possible alternatives. The city and county need to sell bonds and levy a tax to purchase that right of way and then make a deal with BNSF. If we don't do this, all the work that so many people have done in the last 30 years to make Bellingahm such a beautiful place will be lost.

Ray Montgomery

Bellingham

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