Rail Bypass Demonstration Press Release

As you all may have read in the Westerly Sun, there is a lot of concern regarding the proposed rail bypass that will shift the tracks north of their current location. In addition to rendering the current station inoperative, the proposed route will bring tracks across our aquifer, recreation areas, land preserves and private homes.

I have attached a press release from the Town regarding a planned demonstration at the State House. I have also provided the text below. As noted in the release the Town is providing bus transportation to and from the State House at no cost to the participants. All concerned Citizens are encouraged to attend.

Town of Westerly

Press Release

Demonstration Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Rhode Island State House Rotunda

If you are interested in joining a Town and region-wide demonstration to have the Federal Railroad Administration drop the Old Saybrook, CT to Kenyon, RI Bypass from the Tier 1 Final EIS, the Town of Westerly is offering busses to transport interested residents to the Rhode Island State House on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 4:30 PM.

The Westerly Town Council has reserved busses, at no cost to participants, to drive South County residents to demonstrate against the bypass and urge the State of Rhode Island to protect:

·       Drinking Water

·       Private Property Rights

·       Homes

·       Historic Buildings

·       Public Trust in Land Conservation

·       Farms

·       Parks and Hiking Trails

·       Narragansett Tribal Land

Residents can sign up and reserve a seat on a bus by registering on the Town website, www.westerlyri.gov.

The demonstration will be during business hours for the Rhode Island Legislature and the Rhode Island Governor’s office. The Town realizes many cannot ride the bus due to work commitments; however, residents are encouraged to join the demonstration at the State House. The busses will be filled until at capacity with a short waiting list to accommodate last minute cancellations. The buses are open to all interested people, not just Westerly residents.

Logistics:

2:00 PM Arrive at Designated Meeting Place (to be determined shortly). Your reservation will be checked by Town employees before you board the bus. As busses fill, they will leave for the State House as it will take time to pass through State House Security. Note: Capitol Police do not allow any handles on placards. The last bus will leave by approximately 2:30 PM.

4:00 PM Arrival at State House. Visitation of your local legislators in their offices is encouraged; view legislature in action from the House or Senate Chamber balcony or galleries. State House rules require that allvisitors are seated and remain quiet, no signs are allowed in the balcony or gallery area.

4:30 PM Rally begins. Speakers will be delivering their message to the Governor and Legislators, as will the Washington County Legislators who signed the letter to the Governor, Senator Reed, Senator Whitehouse and Representative Langevin.

Approximately 6:00 PMBoard buses back to Town Hall. You need to board the same bus you rode up to the State House, as headcounts will be taken.

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