Monday, October 6, 2008

F & M's response to TRRAAC's alternative

The following has been lifted from the Franklin & Marshall web site. NewsLanc recently published the TRRAAC notice of a public meeting on Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 PM at the Grace Babtist Church,1899 Marietta Avenue.

"Over the last three years, TRRAAC's proposed alternate plans were considered and rejected during the project's engineering design phase by our engineering firm, Gannett Fleming. Each of the sites were dismissed because of major flaws which prevented project goals for increased capacity and improved operational efficiencies from being met, as well as, having conflicts with safety and best practises for railroad yard operations.

"In mid-May, TRRAAC was informed that their alternative site plans would be reviewed by Gannett Fleming. On Monday, June 16, I and Rich Cross, Gannett Fleming, met with Sarah Young Fisher, Dan Gillis and Bob Hannum, TRRAAC leadership, and Bob Desmarias, Jr, Lancaster Township Planning Commission Member and President of School Lane Hills Neighborhood Association, for approximately two hours to share Gannett Fleming's review of their alternative site plans.

"I believe that the individuals left the meeting acknowledging their alternative sites had major obstacles for implementation.

"Gannett Fleming's review letter is posted below.

"Keith Orris"

Editor's Note: The "Review Letter" can be found at