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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Surface Transportation Board
[Docket No. FD 35890]

 

TransDistribution Brookfield Railroad Company--Acquisition and 

Operation Exemption--Sweetener Supply Company, Inc.   IL


    TransDistribution Brookfield Railroad Company (TDBR), a noncarrier, 

has filed a verified notice of exemption \1\ under 49 CFR 1150.31 to 

acquire from Sweetener Supply Company, Inc. (SSC), a noncarrier, and to 

operate, pursuant to an operating agreement, approximately 2,450 feet 

(0.46 mile) of rail line referred to as the Brookfield Transload 

Facility trackage in Brookfield, Ill. There are no mileposts on the 

line. Spy Glass Illinois, Inc. currently owns the Brookfield Transload 

Facility trackage and leases the facility and trackage to SSC for the 

transloading of bulk sugar products.

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    \1\ The notice was originally filed on December 11, 2014, but 

was supplemented on December 18, 2014. Therefore, December 18, 2014, 

will be the official filing date and the basis for all subsequent 

dates.

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    TDBR certifies that the proposed transaction does not contain any 

provision or agreement that may limit future interchange of traffic 

with a third-party connecting carrier. TDBR states that the line is 

being used to interchange with the BNSF Railway Company.

 

Earliest this transaction can be consummated is January 17, 2015

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Surface Transportation Board
[Docket No. FD 35891]

TransDistribution Ridgeland Railroad Company--Acquisition and 
Operation Exemption--Sweetener Supply Company, Inc.

    TransDistribution Ridgeland Railroad Company (TDRR), a noncarrier, 
has filed a verified notice of exemption \1\ under 49 CFR 1150.31 to 
acquire from Sweetener Supply Company, Inc. (SSC), a noncarrier, and to 
operate, pursuant to an operating agreement, approximately 1,230 feet 
(0.23 mile) of rail line referred to as the Berwyn Transload Facility 
trackage in Berwyn, Ill. There are no mileposts on the line. The BNSF 
Railway Company (BNSF) owns the Berwyn Transload Facility trackage and 
currently leases the facility and trackage to SSC for the transloading 
of bagged sugar products.
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    \1\ The notice was originally filed on December 11, 2014, but 
was supplemented on December 18, 2014. Therefore, December 18, 2014, 
will be the official filing date and the basis for all subsequent 
dates.
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    TDRR certifies that the proposed transaction does not contain any 
provision or agreement that may limit future interchange of traffic 
with a third-party connecting carrier. TDRR states that the line is 

being used to interchange with BNSF.

 

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JANUARY  21  2015

CTA:  FINAL TRIP OF 2400 SERIES CARS TODAY

 

Arriving AT Washington/Wells about 10min late this morning

 

 

Old CTA Uniform / bags / TV Crews awaiting arrival

 

 

 

 

(Orange Line didn't exist back then)

 

 

 

(Wrong number on car?  No - Still a 2400 series car)

(Remember Chicago STING?)

 

(It was a non-stop tour for us . . . so arouind the Loop twice as we passed up my stop)

 

 

Trip ended at Wells/Washington - Brown Line back to the office

 

 

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Lipinski on track with new rail policy post in Congress

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Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Chicago, is poised to become the highest-ranking Democrat on a House subcommittee on railroads at a time when issues involving Metra and Amtrak will be barreling down the track next year.

His Southwest Side turf has more rail lines than any congressional district in the country, or so he claims. “No one has disputed that,” Lipinski said. “It's just critically

important to this area.” His father and predecessor as congressman, William Lipinski, also served as the senior Democrat on the rail panel.

Although the subcommittee passed an Amtrak reauthorization bill in September, it's expected to die without a House vote when Congress adjourns. That bill didn't make cuts in Amtrak service, he said, but “the question is whether federal support will continue” when the legislation comes up again with Republicans in control of the Senate next year, when the GOP increases its majority in the House of Representatives.

The Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials subcommittee also has to decide whether to extend next year's deadline for the rail industry to install sophisticated collision-avoidance equipment, called positive train control. Metra is very concerned about the cost, he added.

The system is expected to cost Metra “upwards of $400 million,” according to a spokesman for the commuter rail service.

About $133 million of that expense is in hand, with rest expected to come from recently approved fare hikes.

Lipinski said there's talk of adding a railroad or freight section to a massive highway-transit bill that's coming up for renewal in May, which would help steer funding to rail projects such as Chicago's bottleneck-eliminating Create program.

Does that also mean more money to complete the Chicago-St.Louis high-speed rail project? “My expectation is it's going to be extremely difficult,” the congressman said.

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