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Friday, September 11, 2009

Love in Vain (or today's train stuff)

They had a big meeting today. State to seek federal money for high-speed rail project (for Third Street), and this:

“The most important thing that came out today was the decision by Secretary Gary Hannig and Governor (Pat) Quinn (who is Hannig’s boss) to agree to a study of the 10th Street corridor,” Durbin said. The senator said that exploring the possibility of taking freight traffic off the Third Street line and “away from population centers and from downtown” would “move us a step closer to considering 10th Street as the ultimate place for freight traffic downtown.”

I'm very surprised. The mayor is happy.

Davlin also called the meeting productive, and said that while there are tough decisions ahead, “None of us realized how fast-tracked this entire process was and probably got a better understanding of that today, with enough IDOT officials that could answer almost every question that we had.”

We now hear from the people east of 10th Street, and they are not happy. NAACP objects to more trains along 10th Street:

The Springfield branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says putting high-speed trains on the 10th Street corridor instead of Third Street is a “travesty of justice” that would lower property values and further divide a city already torn by racial issues.
“If those who urge the placing of all train traffic on the 10th Street Corridor are successful, the negative effects of noise pollution, lack of economic development, the danger associated with train travel and the further division from the remainder of the of the city will plague the East Side Community well into the 21st Century,” Archie Lawrence, president of the Springfield branch of the NAACP, wrote in a news release.

Really. As I previously said, if putting the train traffic on 3rd Street is so bad, the mayor is going to have to explain to the people on the east side why it's so good or less bad putting it on 10th Street.

Well, I guess I should say that I also live on the east side, so to speak. And while I believe my area will not be nearly as affected as those east of 11th Street and between Ash and say, North Grand, the Tenth Street tracks do cut a corner across my neighborhood from 9th and Ash to 6th and Princeton. (Yes, that corner is commercial/industrial, and yes any cross streets there have been closed or gone for decades, or maybe forever.) So, I am looking forward to hearing what the mayor has to say about this. Standing by.

When the train left the station
It had two lights on behind
Yeah, when the train left the station
It had two lights on behind
Whoa, the blue light was my baby
And the red light was my mind

All my love was in vain
All my love's in vain.................

Posted by Marie at September 11, 2009 10:35 PM

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