CHICAGO (CBS) — A Southwest Side alderman is hoping to find some real solutions next week to the traffic tie-ups and annoying situations caused by CSX railroad not keeping up its end of a bargain on the length of its freight trains.
“Our community’s fed up,” said Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th)READ MORE: Multiple Juveniles Arrested After Large Gathering, Fights Near Millennium Park
The alderman said 115 residents of the his ward, as well as U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski have written letters to the Surface Transportation Board, seeking solutions to the delays caused by CSX trains that run on the Elsdon line, which passes through several Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs; including Beverly, Mount Greenwood, Evergreen Park, and Merrionette Park.
O’Shea said residents in the area are sick and tired of trains blocking numerous crossings, including busy thoroughfares like 95th, 103rd, 111th, and 127th streets.
“Hundreds and hundreds of occasions, those crossings have been blocked for anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours, and as you know, in an emergency the difference can be seconds between life and death, and we’re fed up, and we want something done about it,” he said.