What's to comment? Aurora, Barrington, Naperville (and the other TRAC communities) chose to try and block the merger rather than negotiate mitigation. Aurora, in spite of being awarded mitigation for an overpass on Ogden Rd decided to continue the legal challenge by appealing to the federal court.Funny that no one has commented on this:
"It is gravely unfortunate that this project will impact the communities around Chicago to the extent it will, and I am a proponent of the enhanced mitigations we are ordering here. Indeed, I would have preferred that the Board require additional and more stringent mitigations. Specifically, I would have preferred an approach that closely tied the increasing levels of mitigation at applicants' expense to increasing levels of rail traffic, above the projections used in our analysis of this case. I will carefully scrutinize any divergence from applicants' projections - both on rail and vehicular traffic - in future oversight proceedings".
-- STB Vice Chairman Mulvey
Rather interesting comments, no?
And, from my scoping of the EJ&E track--it doesn't even run through Aurora.
Convince me that the Mayor of Aurora (and co-Chairman of TRAC) is not using this "crusade" for some undisclosed agenda.