Burlington Northern promises to park trains west of GI

State drops complaint against BNSF
Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 2:36 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - One of Grand Island’s worst train crossing problems may be solved.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission Tuesday, dismissed a complaint against the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad for blocking a cross in the north part of Grand Island.

A PSC investigation earlier this year found at least 10 different occasions when BNSF trains blocked the crossing at North Road and Highway 2 for extended periods of time. The commission then filed a formal complaint against the railroad.

Now the railroad has promised to park its trains west of the intersection to fix the problem. After reviewing the railroad’s plan, the commission dismissed it’s complaint.

“We appreciate BNSF’s efforts to find a workable solution to this problem,” said Commission Chair Mary Ridder, “but we are dismayed that BNSF failed to listen to the concerns of the community and only worked to find a solution once confronted with a formal complaint.”

In June, the PSC issued an Order releasing its findings from its February hearing and closing the investigation into the blocking of railroad crossings in Hall County and directed the PSC Transportation Department to file a formal complaint against Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), Nebraska Central Railroad Company (NCRC), and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF).

In September the commission dropped the complaints against UPRR and NCRC after they promised to fix the blockages between St. Paul Road and Skypark Road and Airport Road to 4th Street.

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