CN: "It's not our fault"
Update: Better reporting in the SouthtownStar:
EJ&E report: Blocked crossings not from CN trains
"But critics said CN officials failed to mention the numerous delays caused by its freight traffic, as well as a brush fires in Plainfield and Crest Hill started by CN equipment on March 17."
Whoa, brush fires? That's not good. Lot's of forest preserve land along that line.
In other news, states seek stimulus money for high-speed rail. According to that report, one of the top priorities is upgrading the passenger route between Chicago and Madison---pretty ambitious, considering that such a route doesn't even exist.
From Chicago Breaking News:
Railway files report on EJ&E crossing blockages
"In [February and March], four crossings were blocked more than two hours and eight others from Wayne to Naperville to Gary were blocked for more than an hour for mainly mechanical and switching reasons, the data filed with the federal Surface Transportation Board showed today.
"In [CN's] report, the first one it has filed with the transportation board, the Montreal-based railroad pointed out that most of the blocked crossings were caused by EJ&E trains, not CN trains. CN only started running its trains on the EJ&E on March 11..."
[Van Dyke Rd. in Plainfield.]