Yesterday’s Sasknow.ca News Poll question was about the problems we have with rail lines inside Saskatoon city limits. As of this writing, 41% of respondents said the best solution is to build bridges or underpasses. 37 % said to relocate the lines outside the city after coming to agreements with the reticent railroads, CN and CP. The remaining 22% said to just leave things the way they are. This was a tough one for me to vote on. The cheapest solution is obviously to just leave things as they are and put up with waiting at a crossing when trying to get somewhere.
Building bridges or underpasses would work but at what cost to taxpayers? And, just imagine the delays, detours, mess and noise for years while said bridges and underpasses are being built. Relocating rail lines outside the city limits would certainly be a solution but who would pay the hundreds of millions or more it would cost? City taxpayers certainly wouldn’t want to be on the hook and CN and CP are less than excited about footing the bill, which is an understatement. Saskatoon’s Transportation Committee is proposing we spend about $600,000 to have a Calgary company conduct a study and recommend the most viable option regarding the future of rail lines that now run through the city. If we spend that kind of money on a study we’d better act on whatever is recommended or else Councillor Randy Donaur won’t be the only one who’ll be furious.