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letter to the editor


SMOG a Farragut problem

... Farragut residents are probably exposed to more Smog per capita than elsewhere in Knox County. As you probably know the I-40/75 Campbell Station truck scales are rated as the busiest in the United States (presumably also the world).

This would support the possibility of Farragut as most affected by the origins of Smog.

Solution: Prior to 1970 most less than carload freight was carried by the railroads. This was too labor intensive, and upon enactment of the Staggers Act in 1980, the carriers were [privileged] to price themselves out [of] local traffic ... thus our proliferation of trucks today.

Trucks can, and are, transported on flatcars. Foreign imports are containerized (sic) at the ports and also moved around the country aboard flat cars. Should we intensify this, highway trucking would be reduced, thus accomplishing reductions in smog and fuel consumption.

Fuel prices have been made subject to truck freight rate mileage surcharges that are reflected in the price of many commodities ... especially groceries. Rail transportation is far more fuel efficient than highway services.

Finally, a dramatic reduction in our dependance on trucks should offer us two major benefits:

Less smog [and] Lower consumer prices.



John P. Ascher

Concord



P.S. I would encourage your readers to inform Cong. Duncan to carry our message to the Association of American Railroads in Washington.

 

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