Trains block tracks in suburbs: CN un...

Trains block tracks in suburbs: CN underreported delays at rail...

There are 10 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 13, 2009, titled Trains block tracks in suburbs: CN underreported delays at rail.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The Canadian National Railway failed to disclose all the excessive delays and accidents that occurred earlier this year at its suburban grade crossings, a coalition of towns has charged.

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Lou

Shorewood, IL

#1 May 13, 2009
It's pretty sad that the Obama adminstration has people who take the word of a foreign country's (Canada) business (CN) above that of American citizens of towns who want what they feel is right for their communities.
JBChitown

Livonia, MI

#2 May 13, 2009
Soon we'll have to ask for a grade separation to be built over CN's pile of BS that continues to pile up.
Not a Railroader

Omaha, NE

#3 May 13, 2009
JBChitown wrote:
Soon we'll have to ask for a grade separation to be built over CN's pile of BS that continues to pile up.
If CN has piled up some BS, it is a little mole hill compared to the mountain that TRAC has put out.
pmrailfan

United States

#4 May 13, 2009
That CN is trying to do business the cheapest way possible is no surprise.
I'd been watching the CN route around Chicago and following the proposed "high speed corridor" between Chi-StLouis and have come to the conclusion that our railroads are inadequately prepared to perform their transportation tasks in the 21st century and that the government has no clue as to what needs to be done.
Do we really need 7 class I railroads delivering trains to seven different locations within Chicago and then try to sort out the cars to get them to the right railroad? What a mess. No wonder highway truck traffic is increasing. What they need to do is get all that rail traffic out of Chicago and the suburbs and put a mega-rail yard somehwere between Chi-StLouis.
And forget high speed passenger service. Who needs it?
jon d

Tinley Park, IL

#5 May 13, 2009
check out matteson,IL main street crossing if you want to see how many trains they are really running and also western av and how they block it also if you are interested,its ridiculous
Dan Rakow

Glen Ellyn, IL

#7 May 14, 2009
CN Needs to report any Problems that occur no matter if it a Accident, Grade Crossing Malfunction or Delays from Traffic Congestion from Trains and they must report even if it's minor and CN must STOP keepin these problems to themselves if they want to become a well run Railroad in the United States especially on the Former Elgin,Joliet And Eastern line in Suburban Chicago.
So far where I live in West Chicago I like the fast movin Trains that CN have between Matteson(Former Illinois Central) to Mundelein(Former Wisconsin Central)where a 100+ Car Freight Train takes about 5-7 Minutes or even less at a Grade Crossing and I hope it stays that way.
Dan Rakow

Glen Ellyn, IL

#8 May 14, 2009
pmrailfan wrote:
That CN is trying to do business the cheapest way possible is no surprise.
I'd been watching the CN route around Chicago and following the proposed "high speed corridor" between Chi-StLouis and have come to the conclusion that our railroads are inadequately prepared to perform their transportation tasks in the 21st century and that the government has no clue as to what needs to be done.
Do we really need 7 class I railroads delivering trains to seven different locations within Chicago and then try to sort out the cars to get them to the right railroad? What a mess. No wonder highway truck traffic is increasing. What they need to do is get all that rail traffic out of Chicago and the suburbs and put a mega-rail yard somehwere between Chi-StLouis.
And forget high speed passenger service. Who needs it?
I-55 between Chicago-St. Louis will become a MAJOR PARKING LOT if there is no Rail Traffic of any kind.
You better be careful for what your wishing for.
Truth be told

United States

#9 May 14, 2009
Quit crying already. Somehow I've been able to survive in Des Plaines despite major rail arteries going right through the town basically splitting it into three parts. The delays are not that long and hardly an inconvenience. So sick and tired of these liberal NIMBYs that talk a great game about pitching in for the 'greater good' unless of course it inconveniences them personally.
Well

United States

#10 May 14, 2009
Lou wrote:
It's pretty sad that the Obama adminstration has people who take the word of a foreign country's (Canada) business (CN) above that of American citizens of towns who want what they feel is right for their communities.
And if Obama stepped in you'd just call him an over-reaching communist throwing obstacles in the way of free enterprise.
My GGGeneration

Schaumburg, IL

#11 May 14, 2009
JBC.... ya know, I understand that this is a serious issue to you and some others but I'm going to tell you this: Karen Darch is completely out of control. If left unchecked, she will file suit after suit and spend countless more millions of taxpayer dollars on frivolous suits. While YOU may side with her, I would bet that the bulk of the community is totally unaware and would be shocked to learn of the expense.

You have every right to disagree with me but you'll never convince me you're better off that had you used those funds to do studies or whatever to improve overall traffic flow or put it to an underpass. And it was mentioned my myself and others in the other forum and I'll say it again... only a handful of lawyers are making out on this. I doubt anyone is doing pro bono work on behalf of those who keep suing the CN.

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