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Early morning train horn fires resolve
The Quayside Community Board won't be appealing a recent ruling by the Canadian Transportation Authority that means the nearby rail yard can continue operating through the night.
But their fight isn't over.
James Crosty, the QCB's past president, said the board doesn't have the money or resources to launch an appeal.
"We really have nowhere to go," said Crosty.
In 2008 the board filed a complaint with the CTA against the rail companies that use the yard about noise and vibration impacting Quayside residents. A letter of agreement signed in 2010 by the rail companies, the QCB and the City of New Westminster was supposed to resolve the issues, but in April of that year the board filed another complaint that the problems persisted.
The CTA agreed the rail companies hadn't established they'd fulfilled their obligations in two clauses of the agreement but had met them in other clauses.
Crosty said the board is still looking at ways to get them to fully live up to the agreement.
"It's not over until the old train horns stop whistling," said Crosty, whose
resolve to battle on was reinforced early Thursday morning when an extended horn blast awoke residents all along the waterfront at 4:50 a.m.
"It's pretty hard to ignore the fact that it was like a one-finger salute," said Crosty, who counted at least a half dozen emails about the blast in his In box by 9 a.m. including one that said people were out on their balconies to see if there was some sort of emergency.
"I immediately thought of the explosion, fire and deaths caused by a train in Quebec," said Marlene Johnson who's lived at the Quay for 23 years. "Was the train operator trying to warn us of a problem?"
Mike Hoyer, a Quayside resident since 2004, said while some train crews are respectful, "others could give a rip.
"When we are in the news a lot we expect them to lay it on as if to say, 'Ha, take that!"
Crosty said he was further dismayed when his call to an emergency complaint line that was established as part of the original agreement went to voicemail.
"They're supposed to be monitoring that, and they're not," said Crosty.