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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Public Comment Period for Rail Merger Proposal Open Through October 14

CPKC Environmental Study

Roselle Mayor David Pileski, Police Chief Steve Herron, and Fire Chief Mark Bozik gave testimonies at the Surface Transportation Board public hearing on September 12 in Itasca (see below), speaking out against the proposed Canadian Pacific Railway/Kansas City Southern Railroad merger that would impact communities along the Metra Milwaukee District West line. In addition to receiving feedback during the hearing, the STB will continue to accept public comments online through October 14.

A recently released draft of an environmental study from the STB found that the CPKC merger would only have minor adverse impacts to the environment, even with a 300% increase in freight traffic along the train line. This finding is disputed by the Village and the Coalition to Stop CPKC, who believe that the increase in freight traffic will significantly impact safety at rail crossings, create traffic delays that could directly impact firetrucks, ambulances, and other public safety vehicles, negatively affect air quality and create additional noise pollution.

Watch Roselle Police Chief Steve Herron's Testimony:

Watch Roselle Fire Chief Mark Bozik's Testimony:

Watch Roselle Mayor David Pileski's Testimony: