In 1983, my wife and I bought a house about a block from the railroad in a nice little town.
We quickly became accustomed to the railroad and thought little about it.
Then about a year and a half after our purchase, there was a derailment of tank cars at the end of our street. We were forced to evacuate.
Thanks to the quick response of the emergency personnel and dumb luck, nothing catastrophic happened, and we were able to return to our home the next day.
I am now widowed and still live in that little house in Grover Beach.
Can we afford to trust an aging rail system to transport potentially devastating cargo through our towns at the possible expense of lives and property?