Illinois lawmakers Dick Durbin, Raja Krishnamoorthi speak out against B Canadian Pacific, Kansas City Southern railroads merger

Illinois lawmakers Dick Durbin, Raja Krishnamoorthi speak out against $31B Canadian Pacific, Kansas City Southern railroads merger

SCHAUMBURG, In poor health. (TOC) — There is a new request and a brand new thought within the ongoing federal hearings over the proposed railway merger between Canadian Pacific and Kansas Metropolis Southern.

Fears of elevated prepare noise and congestion in a number of suburbs are among the many considerations.

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The prepare yard in Bensenville is an enormous freight transportation hub for trains and vehicles transporting items round North America. Opponents of a proposed railroad merger say the yard is without doubt one of the causes railroad site visitors would enhance dramatically by means of plenty of northwest suburban cities if that merger between the Canadian pacific and Kansas Metropolis southern railroads is accepted.

“If the merger goes by means of as proposed, it should break the railroad system,” Bensenville Village Supervisor Evan Summers stated.

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL eighth District) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) joined a bunch of suburban mayors and first responders talking out towards the proposed merger. The group claims the merger would enhance freight site visitors by 300%, inflicting extra delays by means of the crossings within the impacted communities together with for emergency autos.

“If we do an alternate route it could take 14 minutes to do a run that might usually take 1:15,” Itasca Fireplace Chief Jack Schneidwind stated. “That is what our concern is about.”

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Members of the group shared their considerations with the Floor Transportation Board in Washington D.C. final week. After assembly Tuesday morning, they’re now proposing extra research into the environmental impression within the Chicago space than what the board’s draft research exhibits.

“Up to now the environmental impression has raised extra questions than it is answered,” stated Sen. Dick Durbin. “What we need to see is a research of the Chicago space that measures the impression on this space.”

“There are 20 miles of railroad tracks with 54 crossings within the Milwaukee West district that must be analyzed individually from every little thing else,” Krishnamoorthi stated.

In line with an announcement by the Canadian Pacific Railroad, the board’s personal draft environmental evaluation suggests there can be little or no environmental impression from the proposed merger. However its ultimate report has but to be launched. And as for constructing a brand new railyard, they are saying that isn’t a part of the merger proposal.

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