1. How many rail crossings are there along the rail corridor from the US border to Fraser Surrey Docks?

2. How many of these rail crossings are unprotected?

3. What are the costs to provide protective barriers at these crossings and who will bear these costs?

4. How often and for how long will these crossings be blocked by the increased rail traffic en route to FSD? Delay should be calculated for each crossing to account for differences in local circumstances.

5. How many times daily do EMS vehicles, including police, fire and medic units, cross rail lines? Please note that an ambulance needs to cross twice to transport a patient to a hospital.

6. What will be the cumulative and per incident delay in access to these services caused by rail traffic en route to FSD (including actual blockage of the crossing, as well as alleviation of resultant congestion)? Please again note that an ambulance generally needs to cross twice to transport a patient to a hospital.

7. How many people are affected at each crossing, based on current and projected populations as shown in relevant planning documents?

8. What crossings and locations are most likely to result in significant delays at crossings?

9. How often are there alternative crossings? How much time is lost to route through alternate crossings, rather than the shortest route?

10. Is there any current established system to alert EMS vehicles of impending crossing closures?

11. How much would such a system cost and who would bear the cost of developing such systems?

12. How does backed up traffic at crossings and the dispersion of that traffic effect EMS response times?

13. How often and to what severity will these delays in EMS response times lead to delays in care and to otherwise avoidable outcomes such as death or permanent disability?

14. What is the amount of healthcare cost attributable to patients receiving delayed EMS services as a result of increased rail traffic at full utilization of FSD?

15. How will the project applicant mitigate these impacts (grade separation at crossings, construction of new hospitals, support for additional paramedics, medivac services, etc.?)

16. How many rail crossing accidents, injuries, and deaths will be attributable to increased rail traffic en route to FSD?

17. What is the anticipated cost of these accidents, including anticipated litigation and long term care costs?

18. How many coal train derailments would be anticipated to occur across the BC over time, given that there have been nineteen in 2012 alone in the US and Canada, for the full useful life of the port expansion (50 years)?

19. Where are the likely sites of these derailments, and are any of these potentially dangerous or inadequately designed rail lines in major population densities?

 

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