In late October, despite vigorous opposition from the citizens group Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, the City of La Cross Wisconsin has thrown their cards on the table, and decided to cooperate with BNSF to double-track their line through the city
The purpose of the expansion is to transport more Bakken crude oil from North Dakota. It will involve filling in over 7 acres of La Crosse River Marsh.
Last night, the city had a public meeting regarding the expansion, as reported below.
Public weighs in on rail expansion
Last month the city agreed to drop its opposition to the project. The next step is for it to win approval from the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner.
On Wednesday the commissioner hosted a public forum to get community feedback.“It’s easy for you to come in here and give answers and then you go back to your home which is far far away from here and we all have to live and work here,” State Senator Jennifer Shilling said.