Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002105
Received: 11/15/2013 6:21:34 PM
Commenter: Allan Giffen
Organization: City of Everett
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
The City of Everett has just been advised that up to 8 trains per day departing the Longview terminal may use the BNSF tracks through Everett for the return trip by trains hauling empty rail cars from the terminal to the coal mines. Everett has approximately 36 BNSF trains per day using these tracks. The EIS should analyze the following as it pertains specifically to impacts of this rail traffic upon the City of Everett:
1. the impact of up to 8 addiitonal trains per day on the regional rail freight system through Everett, and the additional vehicle delay that would be caused on local streets, air and water quality impacts, and necessary improvements to local streets.
2. the cumulative impacts of this terminal and the Gateway terminal project, along with projected growth in rail freight traffic, upon the same issues - additional vehicle delay that would be caused on local streets, air and water quality impacts, and necessary improvements to local streets. This analysis should also identify mitigation necessary to avoid significant adverse impacts, including infrastructure improvements such as grade separations, and identify the timing and responsibility for funding such improvements. For example, will the project proponents or the railroad be responsible for mitigating traffic LOS impacts created by the project? If not entirely mitigated by the project proponent and railroad, who will be responsible for the balance of costs for infrastructure improvements?
3. Freight Mobility -impacts on Mount Baker Terminal Rail Barge Transfer facility for Boeing airplane production in Everett and serving the Boeing 747/767/777/787 assembly plant -what are the potential delays on cargo movement between the Mount Baker terminal and the Boeing plant, and how would they be mitigated?
4. Passenger trains -impacts on Sounder and Amtrak schedules resulting from additional train traffic on BNSF mainline, including the cumulative future train traffic anticipated from coal trains and other railroad users in Everett.
Thank you for including these comments within the scope of the proposed EIS.