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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Rep. Kind requests investigation into blocked crossings by railroads

LA CROSSE – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting they investigate the public safety risks posed by blocked grade crossings

This comes on the heels of concerns from Wisconsinites about the negative impact blocked grade crossings are having on communities back home.

“In the last few months I hosted listening sessions across western and central Wisconsin, and one of the concerns I heard repeatedly was railroads cutting off communities by blocking grade crossings,” Rep. Kind stated. “These blocked crossings are not only an impediment to everyday life but also a serious public safety hazard.  I have requested GAO immediately begin investigating and report on the negative impact this action is having on our communities.” 

In September Rep. Kind held a meeting with local officials from Central Wisconsin and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to discuss ways to fix the problem.  He has also spoken directly with Sarah Fienberg, the Acting Director of FRA. Additionally, he has written letters on this issue to Canadian National Railroad and the Federal Railroad Administration.

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