Case Study to Judge the Pros and Cons of Rail Car Storage Contract
The Wallowa-Union Railroad Authority has lately made a deal with Union Pacific to supply rail car storage along the WURA line. The contract is thought to bring monetary recovery for this particular public-backed line, which will supposedly deliver as much as $2.1 million in tenure of over three years. This contract, as perceived by many, is really a boon for the rail road. The Wallowa and the Union countries joined forces together to save this rail line between these two neighboring countries..
But this contract may not be that beneficial for the people of Wallowa. This is because of the fact that the cars will be stored on the line that connects Wallowa with Joseph. On the other hand, some people are of the opinion that this measure will actually help the entire process in the long run. The situation is a bit dicey. Had the rail authority asked for the public input, the entire scheme of events regarding the rail car storage contract may have been totally fool-proof.
What the rail road authority did wrong was not to include the local public in the entire project. Being a public entity, all the decisions regarding this rail-road should have been approved by the local people. This issue regarding the rail car was nowhere a part of the meeting or the agendas. The authority kept a mum on the entire proceedings until the pact was signed. That there was public hearing about this issue, may keep the public aloof from this rail car storage contract. Storing cars and earning $2.1 million is an extremely profitable business decision for the railroad. The people of Wallowa County will surely agree with the authority. But there will always be a bone of contention that they weren’t even given a chance to weigh in the rail car storage contract.
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