Study indicates proposed increase in local train traffic would put public at risk

Community and environmental advocates Thursday alerted state transportation officials to a government study showing that increased train traffic of the kind now under discussion for Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes would present “an unacceptable risk to public safety.” In a letter to the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Clean Gulf Commerce Coalition (CGCC) cited the planning commission’s own study, which concluded that increasing heavy-cargo train traffic on the largely unused tracks in Plaquemines and Jefferson would be “impractical” and “unsafe." “Statistically, something will eventually go wrong at the worst possible time,” the study said.
 
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