STB fines railway for trains blocking Midwest streets

Dec 29, 2010 | 01:05 PM | Corinna Petry

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has fined Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) $250,000 for "knowingly violating board orders" regarding the reporting of street-crossing blockages in the Chicago area.

The fine is the first ordered by the STB since its inception in 1996. The board also extended its oversight regarding CN's merger with the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Co. (EJ&E) for an additional year.

EJ&E is a 198-mile route that roughly wraps around the southern tip of Lake Michigan from Indiana through Illinois. The railroad was sold to Montreal-based CN by U.S. Steel Corp. in January 2009 for $300 million. It is a heavy-freight route traveled by trains up to two miles in length.....





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