Federal agency to take fresh look at blocked Chicago rail crossings

June 24, 2016

By Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune

A federal agency is taking a fresh look at CSX Transportation’s operation of a rail line that runs through Chicago’s Southwest Side and adjacent suburbs, such as Evergreen Park, noting the railroad hasn’t lived up to an agreement to minimize grade crossing blockages on the line.Website Insert Out of the Box Thinking copy

The Surface Transportation Board, in a decision Tuesday, will require the railroad to file monthly reports for the next year detailing instances where crossings are blocked by trains, and said that it could take additional action if the data show CSX is not making “significant progress or that the situation is not improving.”

The City of Chicago and Evergreen Park in February asked the board to consider fines or other sanctions against CSX because of freight trains blocking crossings. They wanted the board to require additional monitoring of the railroad’s operations on the Elsdon Line, which passes through Chicago communities including Beverly and Mount Greenwood.

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