Bartlett, Bensenville, Elgin, Itasca, Hanover Park, Roselle, Wood Dale, and Schaumburg Join Forces to Protect Their Communities’ Health, Safety, Environment, and Economic Development
ITASCA, IL - The Coalition to Stop CPKC has formed to do what it can to stop the plans of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Kansas City Southern Railroad from merging and causing significant adverse impact on the Coalition members’ communities. The proposed merger in front of the Service Transportation Board (STB) would conjoin the two Class I freight railroads, causing at least a 300% increase in freight traffic on Metra’s Milwaukee District West rail line within three years, according to their proposed operating plan. The increase in the number of trains and train lengths - some will be as long as two miles - through the communities would have a detrimental impact on the quality of life for residents and business operations, property values, vehicular movement, environmental, and pedestrian safety, among other harms.
Starting this week, the eight communities are entering into a formal Intergovernmental Agreement. On February 28, 2022, the Coalition will be submitting its opening comments on the merger application to the STB.