A grassroots group comprised of residents from Camden, Gloucester, and Cumberland counties, is urging rail advocates of all stripes to attend one of five meetings to be held
late this month by the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) to determine a route for passenger rail service in southwestern New Jersey. The group urges those "who are in support of Alternative NJ-3 to speak with one voice in support of the proposal."
I guess you can say I was one of those "NIMBYS" referred to in the article. I belonged to a group called CFAR who fought the rail line in the 90's. We had a lot of support in Gloucester City at the time because we were told this line would run through our city every 20 minutes or less during the day and the freight would run during the night. When the freight line goes through the city during the day it stops traffic sometimes for up to 10-15 minutes.
Can you imagine how many times traffic is going to be stopped (cutting our city in half) whenever this passenger rail goes through. Would the DRPA consider putting the line underground? How about noise along the route? How about the safety issues? How about an emergency when an ambulance or fire truck is required. Every minute counts.
Do you think the City Council supports this? We were able to get them to support us the last time because we had so much support. I don't know what kind of oppostion there is now and presently I am unable to rally the call because I just had my hip replaced in October and am still limping around and doing PT.
I just wanted to run this by you to see if you have heard anything yet and to get the word out to stop by Mary Ethel School on December 4th.
Thanks. Marcia Atkinson