Reader's Column: Hoyer Voices Concern over Railroad Realignment Alternatives through District

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Hoyer Voices Concern over Railroad Realignment Alternatives through District



WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) released a statement today regarding the findings of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) Railroad Realignment Feasibility Study, which examines relocating freight lines - potentially carrying hazardous materials - away from the city's monumental core. The study identifies three alternatives, two of which would run primarily through Hoyer's 5th Congressional District.

"Although the current freight route through the National Capital Region rightfully merits study as a matter of homeland security, I have serious concerns about the report's proposed alternatives through Prince George's and Charles Counties . Such alternatives are difficult to assess without knowing the precise environmental, economic, security and quality-of-life impact that they might have on the communities along the identified corridors.

"I understand this is only a preliminary study, however, I believe that extensive further examination is needed to determine the exact costs and benefits associated with the proposed bypasses and what other viable options might be available. While I remain supportive of efforts to secure the National Capital Region by reducing the threats posed by hazardous cargo, I would be strongly opposed to any plan that would only shift the potential risk to other parts of the region or that would come at the expense of the communities along the alternative routes."

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