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Firefighters douse a blaze after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac Megantic in Canada's Quebec province on July 6, 2013, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire.  More than 40 people were killed as a result of the crash and fire. (Photo redit: François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images)

Mayors Call For Improved Safety Measures For Oil Trains

Federal railroad officials got an earful Wednesday from the mayors of several Chicago area towns that have been affected by a growing number of increasingly long trains hauling crude oil and other volatile materials.

08/20/2014

Photo Of Amtrak Rail Car. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Amtrak: Freight Trains Delay 99 Percent Of Chicago-To-New Orleans Runs

Amtrak has filed an official complaint against Canadian National railway for regular delays on the route from Chicago to New Orleans.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood with Rep. Bobby Rush and Gov. Pat Quinn.

Englewood Railroad Flyover Project To Create 1,500 Local Jobs

The Chicago economy is getting a bit of good news Monday morning, as the huge Englewood Flyover railroad project stands to bring hundreds of jobs.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2011

Englewood Flyover

Plans Finalized For Englewood Railroad Flyover Bridge

Relief may be around the bend for thousands of Metra’s Rock Island line commuters accustomed to big delays caused by the railroad traffic bottleneck on Chicago’s South Side.

WBBM Newsradio–06/23/2011

Railroad Crossing

CN Railroad Stirkes Deals As Freight Traffic Rises

The Canadian National Railway has now reached deals with 26 of 33 suburban communities that have been impacted by its acquisition of tracks formerly belonging to the EJ&E Railway.

WBBM Newsradio–12/27/2010