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Lipinski Announces Quiet Zone Agreement for North Riverside, Riverside, and Berwyn

 
Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) was joined by North Riverside Mayor Richard Scheck, local officials, and railroad representatives to announce an agreement for a quiet zone in North Riverside, Riverside, and Berwyn.  As Chicagoland's only member of the powerful House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Lipinski worked with Canadian National (CN) Railway to fund the two most significant upgrades needed to create this quiet zone.
  
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"Idling trains, blocked crossings, and train whistles at all hours of the day and night have been a fact of life for generations of area residents," stated Rep. Lipinski. "I grew up less than a hundred yards from railroad tracks, and I know all too well the inconveniences that can be caused by trains. 

"I was happy to sit down with CN and local elected officials to work out a way to create this quiet zone that will limit train noise in North Riverside, Riverside, and Berwyn," said Rep. Lipinski. "This quiet zone, along with CN's planned reduction in the number of trains on this line, will greatly improve the quality of life in these communities.  I am proud to have supported CN's acquisition of the EJ&E Railway that will facilitate train reductions here and in many other congested communities." 

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires that locomotive horns be sounded at public highway-rail grade crossings, but communities meeting specific safety measures can establish quiet zones that ban the sounding of train horns at grade crossings.  In order to establish a quiet zone in parts of North Riverside, Riverside, and Berwyn, constant warning timing devices must be installed at Des Plaines and Hainesworth Avenues.
 
"At CN, we are committed to providing the remainder of funding necessary for the grade crossing safety improvements and upgrades at these two rail crossings in North Riverside to enable this corridor to qualify under FRA regulations as a quiet zone" said CN spokesman Kevin Souice.  "Congressman Lipinski has been a real leader on this and other transportation issues.  We commend his efforts to improve the quality of life for his constituents and strengthen America's transportation network." 

"After years of North Riverside residents trying to establish a quiet zone, Congressman Lipinski was the one who went out and worked with CN to make this possible," said North Riverside Mayor Richard Scheck.  "As I prepare to leave office, I believe this is one of my proudest achievements in public service and one that will have a lasting impact on the residents of North Riverside.  I am grateful we have a congressman like Dan Lipinski looking out for us."

For live coverage from CLTV, http://cltv.trb.com/video/?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=3552792

(March 16, 2009)

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