What's the Delay?
If you are waiting at crossings longer and more often, you are not alone.
Corporate railroads are increasing the length of freight trains from around 1.5 to over 3 miles long. They are doing this to save money, increase stock prices and eliminate employees. The problem with this is the effect it has on the public. Trains 3 miles long do not fit between crossings so they block community roads whenever stopped. This affects both daily commutes and emergency response times. Please help us fight back to clear up our road ways. Call your representatives and report your blocked crossings below.
"We had a specific incident where the child could not get to the hospital because of the railroad crossing being blocked for a long period of time,”
- Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall
“It continues to be a problem for people trying to get back and forth to work and for employers,”
- Muscatine Mayor Broderson
Oklahoma law that fines trains blocking railroad crossings ruled unconstitutional
"McCall says not only is it annoying, but it is also potentially life-threatening if first responders become stuck at a crossing.
“We had a specific incident where the child could not get to the hospital because of the railroad crossing being blocked for a long period of time,” he said."
West Springfield gets no response from CSX on frequently blocked railroad crossing
"The trains block people from getting home or to work. They can also clog up emergency responders, like police or paramedics, trying to help people."