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Railroad Crossing Problems Frustrating Community

Complaints are being directed at village officials and railroad company CSX offer stopped trains and down gates in Evergreen Park, according to a report.

Problems with trains impeding traffic in Evergreen Park and Chicago communities has fueled frustration among community members, according to a news report.

An electronic message board set up by the Evergreen Park village hall has posted phone numbers for driver to call and complain to the CSX railroad, according to a Sun-Times Media report.

Evergreen Park officials have been told by CSX that problems, such slow or stopped trains and gates remaining down well after trains have departed, are being worked on, the report states.

Read more in the Sun-Times Media report

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Dee January 22, 2014 at 07:40 AM
This is becoming a huge problem for residents. Why in God's name did they change the law in 2008 about obstructing traffic. Nothing is being done as CSX just ignores our complaints. This is hurting our businesses and is jeopardizing our safety. Does anyone have any ideas how this can be fixed?
Roy Keane January 22, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Simply put, it won't. Even if they fined them the fine amounts don't even scratch the surface in terms of actually doing any punishment at all. They make way too much money to be affected by that. I.e. We'll get fined $10,000 if we disrupt traffic for a half hour at rush hour but we'll make $50,000 if we can get those loads in by 6pm as opposed to only $30,000 if we get them in at midnight. Which is better?
kathy January 22, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Very annoying! Traffic gets blocked all thru town, and when it happens as schools let out it's even worse. I've gotten stuck sitting at stop signs for so long because there's nowhere for people to turn to move along traffic.
Roy Keane January 22, 2014 at 09:50 AM
Think of anyone dealing with an emergency. How many times do you hear "if we'd have only gotten to them sooner they may have survived." Nobody ever seems to raise hell about this issue but you shut down a couple of lanes in Fort Lee, NJ for 2 days, someone dies sitting in traffic, and that becomes national news. There's so much about life in general I'll never be able to understand.

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