Thursday, January 8, 2009

Freight Trains Could be Diverted Out of the South Loop

The Chicago Journal has a follow-up article about a story we were following in early December. Canadian National, the company that runs the freight trains that often pass through the South Loop, have won their legal battle to acquire a different company that has the rights to train tracks that go around the city of Chicago. What this means is that the trains that pass through the downtown area (and South Loop) could now be diverted around the city instead of through it.

For residents in the South Loop (particularly those that live close to the tracks) this is great news. Hopefully they won't hear trains laying on their horns in the middle of the night. However, the ruling is being contested by various suburb groups that are trying to block this move as it will make their communities more congested and busy with the diverted trains. Stay tuned...

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