The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and then finally acceptance. It now appears that many Hills residents are starting to reach the acceptance phase after finding out that soil stabilization for the train tracks in Chelsea would cost a whopping $50 million and are now pushing for a multi-purpose trail to replace the tracks.
“[The $50 million estimate] was a bit of a wakeup call that [fixing the train] is not financially viable,” said Chelseaite Tammy Scott. She started a Change.org online petition posted on the Chelsea Folks Facebook page on May 10 that has already received over 480 signatures by print time. The mother of two said she wants a safe place for her kids to bike without having to ride along the dangerous Hwy 105. “It’s about keeping the rustic charm of the space and making it safer,” she said.
The petition asks MNA Stéphanie Vallée “to turn the unused railroad tacks from Gatineau to Wakefield into a bike/multi-purpose path for commuting and recreational use.” View it here.