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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
DuPage County Votes to Join Coalition Opposed to Railroad Merger
The DuPage County Board voted Tuesday to join a coalition of communities that are opposing the merger of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Kansas City Southern Company.
In October 2021, Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern Company filed an application with the Surface Transportation Board seeking authorization for the Canadian Pacific Railway to acquire the Kansas City Southern Company.
The proposed merger would directly impact residents and businesses in the northern parts of the County. Several communities have already joined the Coalition to Stop CPKC, including Bartlett, Bensenville, Hanover Park, Itasca, Roselle, and Wood Dale.
“This merger would impact the quality of life for nearly 150,000 DuPage County residents,” said DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin. “In addition, there are potential impacts on residential and commercial property values in the area, negatively affecting economic development and stability. We cannot support this merger as proposed.”
“This plan would more than triple the number of freight trains that come through these communities, leading to longer traffic delays and increased noise and emissions,” said DuPage County Transportation Committee Chairman Don Puchalski.
The Canadian Pacific Railway operates an average of three freight trains per day, which travels across 18 street crossings within DuPage County, and supports Metra’s Milwaukee District West commuter rail service.
The County Board also authorized up to $100,000 to assist the coalition’s efforts to protect County residents and the County’s economic stability.