Illinois Tollway’s Battle with Canadian Pacific Railroad Heats Up

Daily Herald reports, “On the heels of the Illinois tollway predicting dire economic consequences unless it acquires Canadian Pacific Railroad property near Bensenville, CP is warning of disruptions to national rail operations if the agency prevails. Both sides want U.S. Surface Transportation Board members to rule in their favor in a dispute over land the tollway seeks for bridges supporting the future I-490, a road on the western side of O’Hare International Airport.” The report adds, “In documents filed [on December 9], CP attorneys argued the railroad can’t give up ‘critical and irreplaceable’ property that is part of the ‘fragile and already congested heart of the North American rail network.’” The tollway contends, “Millions of federal and state funds are committed to the project and ‘any delays at this point will cost the public millions of dollars,’ officials stated.”