Guest column: SR432 improvements would mostly benefit Millennium

The proposed SR432 transportation improvements, including vehicle and grade separation, have been on the back burner for years. However, clearly the urgency for improvements before the Legislature now is to facilitate rail transport infrastructure to allow coal trains access through a very heavily used trucking and auto route, primarily to benefit Millennium Bulk Terminals’ planned and as-yet-permitted coal terminal.

I’m surprised that our legislators have continued to deny the obvious reason for rail improvements to SR432, which is to provide rail access to Millennium’s planned coal terminal and support 16 1.3-mile-long unit trains per day.

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