Sightline Institute report: Coal and oil trains to cause hours of traffic delays in Snohomish County

Map source: Sightline Institute

Map source: Sightline Institute

A new analysis from Sightline Institute shows that the trains planned to transport coal and oil through the Northwest will cause hours of traffic delays across Snohomish County.

Examining several representative rail crossings across Edmonds, Mukilteo, Everett, Marysville, and Stanwood, Sightline estimates that coal and oil trains would close streets by an average of between 49 minutes and 1 hour and 50 minutes, each day. At the slower speeds that are typical of urban areas, fossil fuel trains could shut down streets for more than 3 hours every day. That’s over and above current street closures from trains.

The analysis is part of a series, “The Wrong Side of the Tracks,” assessing public at-grade rail crossings along the fossil fuel rail route from Sandpoint, Idaho to Cherry Point, Washington.

You can read more on Snohomish County impacts here.

See the full series at: http://daily.sightline.org/blog_series/wrong-side-of-the-tracks/.

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