Lipinski Secures STB Action to Alleviate Blocked Rail Crossings in Mt. Greenwood, Beverly, and Evergreen Park (June 23, 2016)
Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is announcing that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) is increasing their scrutiny of CSX after a dramatic increase in blocked rail crossing incidents on the Elsdon line since the company acquired it in 2013. The line travels through several Southwest Chicago communities, including Beverly and Mount Greenwood, and nearby villages such as Evergreen Park.
“This is good news for residents of far southwestern Chicago and surrounding communities,” Rep. Lipinski said. “Over the past few years, I have heard from many frustrated residents and local officials regarding frequent and lengthy traffic delays caused by CSX freight trains. These blocked crossings are more than just a nuisance because they impact access to hospitals in the area. I am very happy that the STB has responded to my request and is re-examining whether CSX is following the terms of the agreement they made to not block crossings when the purchase of the line received federal approval.
“CSX has said that it has made and continues to make efforts to improve equipment and scheduling to alleviate the blocked crossings. Now the STB will be monitoring the situation to determine if they are in compliance with the terms of the 2013 agreement or if further action needs to be taken. I will continue to closely watch this situation.”