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Tassone chats with Schumer about RR crossing

— This past summer, CSX alerted the village of Liverpool that it plans to temporarily close the railroad crossing on Old Liverpool Road.

CSX wouldn’t say when and wouldn’t say how long Old Liverpool Road might be closed for repairs.

After discussing the situation at the July 30 village board meeting, Liverpool Mayor Gary White contacted 4th District County Legislator Judy Tassone and asked her to make the county Department of Transportation aware of the CSX plans. Old Liverpool Road is a county road.

“The county DOT wasn’t getting anywhere with CSX,” Tassone said last week, “so I met with the staff of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer to let him know about the problem.”

During the week of Oct. 9, Tassone and a handful of local mayors met with Schumer personally at the Hanley Federal Building, down city. Turns out other area municipalities are also running into brick walls with CSX, a Class 1 Railroad which runs freight trains up and down the East Coast.

“Several of the mayors spoke up and said they couldn’t get anything done with CSX,” Tassone said. “Sen. Schumer said he’ll look into it.”

We’ll see how much influence Schumer may have with the Federal Railroad Administration. And we’ll see how much influence the FRA itself may wield over a big railroad like CSX. The FRA is one of 10 agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation concerned with intermodal transportation.

In any case, it’s good to see our representatives from both sides of the political spectrum working together. Tassone is one of the county’s most prominent Republicans, while Schumer is one of the nation’s most prominent Democrats.

Trucks to be affected

At the July 30 meeting of the village board of trustees, Mayor Gary White said the plan could create difficulties for drivers of commercial vehicles.

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