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Feds’ oversight of CN must remain

Citing continued Amtrak delays and blocked rail crossings along the Canadian National Railway lines, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., wants the federal Surface Transportation Board to extend its oversight period of CN operations, which is due to expire in January.

With the acquisition of the EJ&E Railway tracks in 2009, CN has increased rail traffic along the line, adding four to six times the number of freight trains. In a recent news news release, Durbin said CN has been unwilling “to meet its most basic obligations in delivering safe and reliable rail service in Illinois…” Please click here to read Susan Demar Lafferty’s story in the Southtown Star.

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