Residents of Bensenville, Itasca, Hanover Park, Naperville, IL say Canadian Pacific Railway plans would increase traffic, noise

Residents of Bensenville, Itasca, Hanover Park, Naperville, IL say Canadian Pacific Railway plans would increase traffic, noise

BENSENVILLE, Sick. (TOC) — These tracks could tackle thrice the quantity of freight site visitors along with commuter site visitors if this merger goes via. It has folks nervous a lot about noise air pollution and the supply of emergency providers.

“One practice might be so long as 12,000 ft or greater than two miles lengthy,” mentioned U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi. “That might doubtlessly block each single intersection in a single city, which suggests we might have site visitors jams all through the suburbs.”

Northwest suburban leaders appeared united behind a letter despatched Monday to the Floor Transportation Board in Washington, D.C. from the congressman, Home colleagues and each Illinois senators denouncing anticipated elevated site visitors on Canadian Pacific-controlled tracks within the area.

“They do not preserve them… The wheels, correctly, on a freight practice… Like we do on the commuter line,” mentioned Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig. “Noise goes to be an issue? Yeah, it should be a brilliant downside.”

Metra has informed the STB its schedules shall be disrupted and riders inconvenienced. The 30 or so miles of monitor will tackle elevated items movement to the Bensenville Intermodal facility on the south facet of O’Hare Airport. Opponents mentioned it practically doubles truck site visitors there, along with the rail snarls anticipated in communities comparable to Itasca.

The place miles-long trains would doubtless separate its northern residential areas from the one firehouse on the south facet of the tracks, creating a necessity for a brand new station.

“We solely have 4 to 6 minutes to get to any individual if they’re having a coronary heart assault or in the event that they have been having a fireplace,” mentioned Itasca Fireplace Division Chief Jack Schneidwind. “We need to get there as shortly as doable. If we’re delayed by a practice for as much as 10 or 12 or quarter-hour, it definitely will influence our supply.”

Canadian Pacific mentioned the merger will assist it create an economically important continent-spanning railway, resulting in prosperity from Mexico, via the American heartland and as much as Canada. They’ve provided affected native communities right here $10 million to mitigate its results.

“$1 million would not cowl it the price of building of the ability get alone staffing it into the longer term,” mentioned Village of Itasca Mayor Jeff Pruyn. “It could be like dwelling on a runway at O’Hare.”

Metra riders, fewer in quantity for the reason that pandemic, fear in regards to the merger.

“It makes me scared,” mentioned Metra commuter Joanne Cain. “Once more it scares me… As a result of it’ll finish life the best way we all know it and we have now been spoiled and God bless us, however we needn’t have somebody infringe upon our joyful life right here.”

Paula Barwcz of Naperville additionally weighed in.

“It has to go from level A to level B at someplace, so sadly in case you dwell right here, you are going to say, ‘Oh no, not right here.'”

The politicians are asking the Floor Transportation Board, which is chaired by a former head of Metra, to conduct public hearings later this summer season earlier than approving the merger, which may occur quickly after.

“These corporations are trying to railroad merger via Washington, so now could be the time to talk up and ensure their issues are heard proper now,” mentioned Krishnamoorthi.

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