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#346 Feb 24, 2009
I was extremely saddened when I read a news report on Jan 28, 2009 that indicated that the town council of Aurora had decided to disregard the studies/deliberations of their support staff -- the employees and engineering staff of Aurora and contest the STB ruling. The elected officials decided that receiving CN funding for 68% of an overpass on Ogden Avenue was not adequate.
They wanted more.
No doubt Aurora's politicians thought there would be no downside for their contesting the STB ruling. They were wrong. They do not have an mitigation agreement with CN. They are merely the benificary of a ruling by the STB. Since they chose to dispute the ruling their "bounty" is not protected.
What becomes exceedingly disturbing is the political "slant" that the politicians have continually assigned to any documentation. Obviously, they hope that none of their constiutents actually read the originals. As an example the information in the press story below completely misrepresents the information from the ICC filing to the STB.
#347 Feb 24, 2009
That's like saying BARRINGTON needs to abide by the STB decision. Barrington can object, as can CN. In fact they BOTH are doing so. We understand why CN is objecting.
#348 Feb 24, 2009
Well let's see.... there's over $2 billion in there for groups like ACORN. That would build a couple nice bridges I'd guess. Feel better now?
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#349 Feb 24, 2009
NaR and JRR got it right
Sometimes people see a side track parralel to a main line and incorrectly think it a double main line. Installing track like this does not necessarily mean more traffic; they are designed to make existing traffic more efficient. The high speed turnouts are installed on main line track, not industry sidings. The turnouts allow the road trains to get out of each others way more efficiently. Sidings parralel to single main lines allow trains to move along the single line sections in both directions, leap frog fashion. Road crossing delays are reduced because trains do not spend as much time speeding up and slowing down to change tracks, moving into and out of the side tracks.
#350 Feb 25, 2009
You mean the best interests of CN not the best interests of all. Your disdain for opponents of the deal and obsessive support of CN suggests that you have more than a passing interest in this deal. What exactly is your interest in CN ? The explanation you gave is hogwash
“More human than human.”
Since: Jan 09
North Suburbs of Chicago
#351 Feb 25, 2009
I would say efficient use of railroads is in the interest of just about everyone. I understand no one wants increased rail traffic near them, but it has to go somewhere.
FYI, Last time I checked I have no financial stake in CN, but many own in (CNI) in their penison plans. Also, I live about 400 yards from CN's line.
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