Letter by Rick Adams: "Do the Train Math"

Publish Date: 
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 11:30am

Rick Adams, Palm City

Letter: Doing the ‘train math'

I read the front-page Sept. 20 article about the "500-plus-page train analysis." The article states that the railroad bridge over the St. Lucie River would be closed to boat traffic only 9.8 hours per day.

Let's assume the trains run from approximately 6 a.m. until 9 p.m., 15 hours a day. That means 5.2 hours per day open for boat traffic, and 5.2 hours (312 minutes) divided by 42 daily trains equals 7.5-minute openings.

How many boats do you think could pass through the narrow channel in that short time? I'm envisioning the start of the Indy 500 when the green flag is waved. Forget the "no wake" zone. I'm betting it'll be a free-for-all trying to get through in order not to have to wait another 20 minutes to try it again at the next opening.

Oh, and another thing, the Indy cars all go the same direction. In the case of the railroad bridge, half of the boats will be going east and the other half will be going west. Oh, boy! (Sailboats don't have a prayer.)

I have also thought of one positive conclusion of the onslaught of trains. Our property values will be reduced dramatically so we can all march to Laurel Kelly's office and get a substantial reduction in our property taxes.