I have read a number of letters to the editor listing reasons for opposing a large increase in coal-laden trains going through Spokane: safety, health, etc. While these are the most important reasons for opposing additional train traffic, I would like to add “annoyance” to this list. Large numbers of trains diminish the quality of life for those near the tracks.
Unlike other areas of the county in which I have lived, the trains in Spokane seem able to block traffic at any time of the day or night, and for prolonged periods. In addition, they blow their horns at all hours of the day and night, whether they are approaching a crossing that has warning lights and guards or not.
For most people who live anywhere near the tracks, a large increase in the number of trains will not only be another annoyance in their lives, but also will probably have a significant negative effect on their property values.