Letter: Why are trains left idling for hours on end?

Editor:

I don’t live on Lorne Street, but I do visit my father a lot at Pioneer Landing.

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I have to say, those trains in the CP Rail yard idle a lot.

It’s one thing for a train to idle for a short while and another when it is idling for many, many hours.

There have been people stating in letters to the editor their support for trains being permitted to idle, but I have to ask why? How do they defend doing nothing against polluting the air with known carcinogens?

Why have the railway companies not adopted a better solution after all these years?

As citizens, we should have some say in how a business operates, especially considering this is something that affects the climate and living things within it.

While I’m glad I don’t live near the tracks, I just hope these train companies implement better technologies because burning diesel for long periods of time can’t be good for anyone or our atmosphere.

Rick Carter
Kamloops

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