The STB currently is reviewing the Canadian Pacific's acquisition of the DM&E, which historically has had among the worst safety records in the railroad industry and presently operates on substandard tracks. If approved, the acquisition will cause a dramatic increase in traffic, including hazardous materials shipments on DM&E tracks, and may, according to the agreement between the railroads, result in sending more than 34 high-speed, coal-unit-trains through Rochester and within a few 100 yards of Mayo Clinic every day.
As a condition of the Canadian Pacific's acquisition, Mayo Clinic has
requested the STB require specific mitigation for Rochester, including:
-- Consultation on how best to minimize project-related impacts to Mayo
Clinic, including limited transportation of hazardous materials
-- Negotiate voluntary contractual limitations on the total number of
through-traffic trains moving through Rochester with Mayo Clinic and
the city of Rochester.
-- Regulatory/contractual speed limits on local hazardous materials
-- Multiple grade separations for specific in-city road crossings.
These grade separated crossings should be designed and located to
facilitate the movement of emergency vehicles to and from medical
facilities providing emergency services in Rochester, including
Saint Marys Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital, which are
both Mayo Clinic hospitals.
-- Increased ins
|SOURCE Rochester Coalition|
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