Two days after the train derailment, and Ellicott City has started the inexorable climb back to normalcy. The last of the derailed train cars has been removed from the tracks, though, at the time of this writing, the tracks are not yet open. And Ellicott City's restaurants are back open and ready for business. HoCo Rising brought up, and others have seized upon, the concept of having some sort of "Downtown Ellicott City Appreciation Event" this weekend, urging folks to patronize downtown's businesses. It's a good idea and, reflective of the tone of which I'm writing this, shouldn't be limited to just the restaurants on Main Street.
And the mourning is underway for the two victims of the accident-- two young women who, admittedly, were not where they should have been, but who apparently were simply in a horrible place at a tragic moment.
A lot has been said about limiting/prohibiting pedestrian access to the Main St. railway bridge. My first reaction to enhanced safety measures as a reaction to a tragic event, except if the event is a mass tragedy, is to be averse to this. That said, it may be a good idea to have a restriction placed on access to the bridge based on time. Perhaps some sort of gate that can be locked on evenings and weekends. Because, if someone REALLY wants to get on the train tracks at night, unless someone fences and encloses the entire area, someone is going to get on. Somewhere. Somehow.
I can be convinced otherwise, but for the moment, I think its wise to thoughtfully explore how to make the bridge area more safe and less accessible.