CN $250K Fine a Success Story
The continuing efforts of The Regional Answer to Canadian National (TRAC) to challenge Canadian National’s constant disregard for public safety were recently rewarded when the U.S. Surface Transportation Board fined CN $250,000 for knowingly under-reporting train blockages at railroad crossings along the EJ&E line between Illinois and Indiana. The decision issued December 21, 2010, is the first fine ever imposed on a railroad by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. See nwitimes.com coverage here.
As TRAC stated in the attached post, “The STB decision brings to light a serious flaw in how railroads are regulated.” TRAC has indicated that more needs to be done to ensure that communities across the U.S. are not harmed by CN’s lack of respect for U.S. citizens. Railroaded applauds the efforts of TRAC, and sincerely hopes that this decision in the U.S. will open the eyes of railway regulators in Canada (e.g., Canadian Transportation Agency, Transportation Safety Board of Canada) to act in a meaningful way on the many concerns that Canadians have about the way CN operates in Canada.