State Railroad Board Votes to Support...

State Railroad Board Votes to Support Approval of Rail Loan

There are 3 comments on the KSFY-TV Sioux Falls story from Oct 4, 2006, titled State Railroad Board Votes to Support Approval of Rail Loan. In it, KSFY-TV Sioux Falls reports that:

The South Dakota Railroad Board has voted unanimously to urge approval of a $2.3 billion federal loan for the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's expansion plan.

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Fox Lake, WI

#1 Oct 7, 2006
it is about time the idiots in washington spend some money to help industry, farmers and workers in this country rather than sending it to the middle east to support a bunch of corrupt, mindless, killers who kill each other in the name of their god.
Berry McCockiner

Twin Falls, ID

#2 Oct 7, 2006
Much of our highway & airway infrastructure has been funded by federal grants and loans. Why is it such a big deal to provide similar improvement grants to the railroad infrastructure? If they spent only 10% as much on rail improvements it would greatly improve the efficiency of the railroads which has a direct effect on the economy . Why should the railroads be left out in the lurch to fend for themselves?
John Licht

United States

#3 Oct 9, 2006
Madisonville, Kentucky,m is home to both CSXT's very busy Chicago to Atlanta Corridor, and the western Kentucky's Treavor Clinic, a very highly respected regional medical complex.

CSXT's tracks actually surrounds much of the Treavor Clinic complex, handling upwards of 50 or more trains daily. CSXT is finishing its almost $1 Billion capacity expansion project, adding new sliding and passing tracks, so it can handle 60 to 80 or more trains daily.

Treavor Clinic, nor does the City of Madisonville, Kentucky, have any problems with CSXT's heavy rail traffic volumes. Volumes of rail freight that includes many trains of both Power River Basin Coal as well as Illinois Basin Coal. It is actually a very good example of how all three organizations are able to successfully interact together.

It is suggested that the Mayo Clinic and the City of Rochester, Minnesota, visit Madisonville, Kentucky, to learn how to cope with tomorrow's rail traffic levels.

The demand for all transportation modes will triple by 2020. Even if "not a single unit coal train used the line", demand for agricultural commodities and general mechandise will triple on the route.

While Mayo Clinic is a very highly respected medical organization, perhaps it should better spend its valuable resources in medical environment field, finding cures, instead of wasting them on
attornies,lobbyists, and policticans.

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