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Parked trains block access to Tabernash neighborhood

To the Editor:

I have lived in Grand County for the better part of 10 years now and have spent the last two and a-half years in Tabernash. It has been a long-running joke that our little neighborhood is on “the wrong side of the tracks.”

Lately, though, it has seemed all too true.

You see, there is only one road going in and out of our neighborhood. That one road goes across the train tracks. Increasingly, Union Pacific is finding it to be a good place to park their trains.

I am worried about the effect this may have on our emergency personnel being able to respond quickly enough if there is a heart attack or fire. I have been told, though, that they can “break” the train in enough time to not cause any problems.

What that doesn’t fix, though, is the effect this has on our day-to-day lives. We have been late for school and work on many occasions. My kids have been stranded on the “other” side of the tracks after getting off the school bus. My neighbors have been stuck waiting with a car full of groceries. After a long, hard day we have been anxious to retire to the comfort of home only to get stuck just blocks away, unable to get there.

I am not talking about five minutes here and there, either. Sometimes the train is parked there for two hours or more. It seems ridiculous to me that they are allowed to do this.

Several of us have called Union Pacific and complained. We get the run-around. I have left voice mails for the Public Relations department and even e-mailed the head of that department for Colorado. I get no response whatsoever. I feel completely disrespected by them.

I would like to know what others in our community think about this. I want to bring some attention to our problem so that, hopefully, Union Pacific will realize what they are doing to us.

I have written several people, including our state representatives. Please help me help my neighborhood. In my mind, it is simply wrong. Union Pacific is our neighbor.

It is time they started acting like one.

Kimber “Kymmie” Scott


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