Some Union County residents rally to put brakes on freight train reactivation plan

(10/24/04) SPRINGFIELD - Several Union County residents are rallying to put the brakes on a plan to reactivate a train line.

After more than 10 years of sitting dormant, Union County Freeholders have approved a plan to get the Rahway Valley Freight Line running again. The train would move through towns like Cranford, Springfield and Summit.

Many neighbors claim putting the old freight rail tracks back into use is dangerous and would diminish the quality of life in the county. They held a demonstration outside an old Springfield train on Sunday because they believe new trains would make unwanted noise and cause extra traffic. The protesters also say the trains may prevent Springfield firemen from responding quickly to an emergency.

The Morristown and Erie Railroad is currently under contract to restore the rail line, but the protesting group hopes to petition enough names to get their freeholders to reconsider.

Related Link:Coalition to Stop the Train

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