“Railroads historically have not paid for more than a small share (5 percent to 10 percent) of grade separations because grade separations primarily benefit the community,”
July 26, 2008
By Dan Campana
Sun-times News Group

The expensive proposition of separating roads from rail crossings is the likely way to address “a substantial increase” in freight train traffic from the Canadian National Railway’s purchase of the EJ&E rail line that runs through the Southland, a federal report released Friday states.

But it would appear to fall to government, not the railroad, to bear most of that cost, according to the report by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

“Railroads historically have not paid for more than a small share (5 percent to 10 percent) of grade separations because grade separations primarily benefit the community,” the report states.

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