Your logic is flawed.<quoted text>We want CN to make Barrington whole, that is no increase in danger, delay, noise and disruption. We want CN to arrange mittigation of crossings so vital services are not delayed. CN is not something public like a highway. CN is a private for profit enterprise that could end up costing lives.
The railroad tracks and the land under them is privately owned. The railroad is a legal enterprise. Its owners have paid property taxes, state taxes, and federal taxes since they were installed. In the case of the EJ&E, for more than 100 years.
As such, they have the right to equal treatment before the law with other property owners.
The points where public roadways cross railroad tracks (and the privately owned railroad land underneath them) are negotiated with the owners (i.e. the railroad). A railroad is not responsible for building a roadway across their property. They merely provide a community with a specified and agreed upon passageway. The railroad still owns the land.
If you legally own and have remitted taxes on a property (house, farm, condo, etc.)you have the constitutional right to its continued use, enjoyment, and the transfer of those rights to a subsequent purchaser. So does a railroad.
If your governments have not provided its citizens with adequate road infrastructure, school system, medical facilities, airports, public transit systems, armed forces, police force, sewage treatment, fresh water, or whatever--that, is the fault of your elected officials, not a railroad.
A railroad, like you, pays taxes. It does not build roads.