An open letter to BNSF.
We have been White Rock residents on Columbia Avenue – two blocks up from the tracks on East Beach – for nine years. We have worked hard all our lives to finally afford a place with a view in one of the most beautiful areas in B.C., if not all of Canada.
Until this past year, the train has not made a significant impact on our lives.
However, after the unfortunate death of a jogger at East Beach, the train whistles have become incessant and, for the most part, totally unnecessary at all hours of the night.
We are both still employed and find the constant whistles from 2-6 a.m. very disruptive and are finding it increasingly more difficult to get back to sleep.
Our work performance has suffered, as we are not getting the required amount of sleep to function effectively.
We also note that some of the conductors seem to take pride in making the whistles as disruptive as possible.
We have talked to several people in the area who are actually considering moving due to the whistles as they – and their children – are unable to sleep.
We have also noticed an increased amount of coal-dust residue from the coal trains on our deck and windows. We have had to keep our patio doors closed as the coal dust lands on the walls and furniture inside the house as well. The impact of the coal dust on our respiratory systems is a huge concern as well.
In addition, the danger of a derailment on a sunny day in White Rock when the beach is jam packed would be a major catastrophe. There have been several derailments in other areas this year, as I’m sure you’re very much cognizant.
We are aware the railroad tracks have been in place long before residential development, however the reality is that the tracks in this location are a major hazard and need to be relocated.
I would appreciate a response if possible, with any measures being taken to curtail the amount of loud whistles all hours of the night at the very least.
Candace Wall, White Rock