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SRA MEETING: WEDS. MAY 2 THE CITY’S BIG PLAN FOR THE TRAIN LINE

Thursday, April 26, 2018
The SRA May meeting will be on Wednesday, May 2, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. All welcome, refreshments served. 
 
 
The meeting will be focused on the city’s proposed Burrard Inlet Rail Corridor Strategy, which will dramatically increase railroad traffic through our neighbourhood. Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering for the City of Vancouver will be on hand to explain the plan and answer questions. City councillor Adriane Carr has also promised to come.

 
The city’s current plan ( http://vancouver.ca/docs/eastern-core/rail-corridor-strategy.pdf ) will have a significant negative impacts on noise, pollution and traffic flow in our entire neighbourhood. The plan is moving forward with no known public consultation – until now.

Please come and express your opinion. This could be your only chance.

  
AGENDA
7:00-7:15  Coffee and snacks. Mingling and settling in.
7:15-7:30  Brief updates from working groups (see below)
7:30-8:15  Jerry Dobrovolny address questions about the current goals, implications and impacts of the Rail Corridor Strategy.
8:15-9:00   Q&A with residents. 
 
QUICK UPDATES 
Would you hand out flyers on your block? In May, the SRA will be initiating an outreach program to let every resident know we exist and invite them to join. We need volunteers to hand out flyers on their block. If you can help, e-mail chair@strathcona-residents.org to let us know which block(s) you can manage, and we’ll drop off flyers at your house (so include your address). We especially need help accessing residents who live in social housing. 

 
Train Noise Complaint Update: The Canadian Transportation Agency received our complaint about nighttime rail noise along the Burrard Inlet Line. Agency staff have offered us some very useful guidance for strengthening and formalizing our case before it goes to formal adjudication. They have also offered the option of mediation with CN, which we are considering. Su-Laine will meet with Jenny Kwan on May 4 to discuss various train-related issues.

 
Centerm Update. The Port recently issued a permit to Centerm to begin its expansion project. Now the Province has to decide whether or not to exempt the project from a provincial environment assessment. The SRA’s position is that the Port’s in-house process is inadequate and that the province is obliged legally and morally to do an arms-length assessment that considers the impact on the health and well-being of surrounding neighbourhoods. The letter we just sent to the Minister of the Environment is attached below. A richly detailed and eye-opening read…