Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0003001
Received: 6/13/2016 4:29:05 PM
Commenter: Sandra Davis
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Comment #1 - Longview Rail Crossings
Table 5.1.4. - BNSF Spur and Reynolds Lead At -Grade Crossing Detail for Proposed Action-Related Trains - Planned Track Infrastructure shows unit train speed of 20 MPH through the Oregon Way and Industrial Way at-grade crossings in Longview. Assuming coal unit trains are 1.3 miles in length and Millennium's rail entrance a distance of approximately 1.5 miles from Oregon Way and Industrial Way at-grade crossings, it is very unlikely unit trains could stop or slow enough to enter Millennium's entrance traveling at this speed. One would assume the train would have to start braking "before" these two crossings. The ability of unit trains traveling at this 20 MPH speed and being able to complete the reported crossing time in 4 minutes cannot possibly be achieved. Please verify my findings and, if necessary, correct Table 5.1.4.