Petition out to turn tracks into trail

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by admin on May 14, 2014

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when a train is worth $50 million. Chelsea's Tammy Scott started a petition to turn the tracks into a multi-use trail.

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when a train is worth $50 million. Chelsea’s Tammy Scott started a petition to turn the tracks into a multi-use trail.

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.

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avatar Tom Riefesel May 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

A tremendous idea with many successful examples of “rails to trails” across Canada. Supports a physically active and healthy community.

avatar Marc May 20, 2014 at 10:02 am

Let’s stop agonizing over a project that won’t happen.

It’s already been three years with no train, the damage is done, now is time to rethink what we want/NEED.

I would love to see the train come back (I have a business less than 100 meters from the turntable!!) but let’s get real… $50 000 000! Unless they plan to have a commuter train and use the track to their full potential, I would much rather see a bike trail that could be enjoyed by EVERYONE.

avatar Martin May 24, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Tammy FTW!

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