ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is conducting a Rail Needs Assessment (https://www.illinoisrailneeds.org) throughout Illinois.  This is an opportunity for you to express your ideas for improving the rail network and concerns regarding rail impacts on our local communities.  The study comes at the heels of a recent merger between Kansas City Southern (KCS) and Canadian National (CN).  The railroad would manage a 20,000-mile… Read More ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

This Month, NWSOFA will feature a discussion on railroad transportation of dangerous goods including oil trains and other hazardous goods transported through our rails, roads, and air. Moderator Gerri Songer will host: • Bruce Campbell (formerly with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)• Investigative Journalist Justin Mikulka • Railroad Workers United representatives Fritz Edler, Mark Burrows, and… Read More EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

ACTION ALERT: Dangerous explosives shouldn’t be shipped through our neighborhoods

Please take a moment to sign Environmental Actions’s petition. Nobody wants massive tanks of dangerous, explosive fuel in their neighborhood — but the Trump administration is proposing to transport volatile liquefied fracked gas on railroads across the country.1 This plan is a disaster waiting to happen. There are more than 140,000 miles of freight railroads… Read More ACTION ALERT: Dangerous explosives shouldn’t be shipped through our neighborhoods

FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights

View article in its entirety at Railway Age. — Author: William C. Vantuono In response to a Petition from the Association of American Railroads (AAR), American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a 60-day emergency waiver for certain requirements of FRA’s… Read More FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights

ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School (Time Sensitive)

Witness Slips are needed prior to Tuesday, February 25, 2020 for SR0982 HAZARDOUS MATERIAL NEAR SCHOOL – this is very quick and easy to do. SR0982 is an Illinois state resolution urging local emergency response planning officials to partner with school districts in their region in order to disseminate information pertaining to safety threats related to the storage… Read More ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School (Time Sensitive)

ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School

IL Senator Julie Morrison recently filed and sponsored, and IL Senator Laura Murphy recently co-sponsored, Resolution SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School in Springfield to: Urge local emergency response planning officials to partner with school districts in their region in order to disseminate information pertaining to safety threats related to the storage and transport of hazardous substances,… Read More ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School