WBEZ | Norfolk Southern http://www.wbez.org/tags/norfolk-southern Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Vote delayed on controversial rail yard expansion in Englewood http://www.wbez.org/news/vote-delayed-controversial-rail-yard-expansion-englewood-108472 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 11.26.32 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p>Norfolk Southern&rsquo;s expansion into Chicago&rsquo;s Englewood neighborhood continues to face questions from resistant residents.</p><p>Last week, the Chicago Plan Commission had Norfolk Southern on the agenda. The scheduled vote was supposed to be just a formality in language - adding &ldquo;light industrial/commercial classification&rdquo; in the tax increment financing (TIF) to allow the company to expand. But residents successfully lobbied commissioners to delay a vote after they showed up at the commission meeting.</p><p>Residents want concrete promises from the company to address environmental hazards and economic development. They worry about health impacts of truck traffic. Englewood already has some of the highest asthma rates in the city. What the rail company has offered isn&rsquo;t enough for activists and residents.</p><p><em>This video from the Aug. 16 meeting, shot by <a href="http://davidschalliol.com/‎" target="_blank">David Schalliol. </a></em></p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/vote-delayed-controversial-rail-yard-expansion-englewood-108472 Englewood residents fight for environmental safeguards during rail yard expansion http://www.wbez.org/news/englewood-residents-fight-environmental-safeguards-during-rail-yard-expansion-105823 <p><p>Residents in Chicago&rsquo;s Englewood neighborhood are demanding that railway company Norfolk Southern include environmental protections into its expansion plans for its South Side rail yard.</p><p>The company has already bought and demolished some Englewood homes over the past several years to fulfill its expansion plans. Now Norfolk Southern is on track to purchase 104 acres of city land. The yard is set to expand southward, from Garfield Boulevard to 61st Street. &nbsp;</p><p>John Paul Jones, the head of the nonprofit Sustainable Englewood, said residents aren&rsquo;t trying to block the rail yard expansion.</p><p>&ldquo;But for Englewood it could be a dramatic impact on our quality of life but also our well-being because of a host of environmental harms such a project would bring,&rdquo; Jones said.</p><p>Residents worry about health impacts of truck traffic, which would increase because the yard is location where freight is transferred from rail to trucks and vice versa. Residents are particularly concerned about increased diesel-related air pollution, as the Englewood neighborhood already has some of the highest asthma rates in the city.</p><p>Jones&rsquo; group wants a community benefits agreement from Norfolk Southern, connected to the sale of the city-owned property. Sustainable Englewood is asking for: monitoring and mitigating diesel pollution; creation of green space and placement of buffer zones around homes. The hope is to lessen noise and air pollution.</p><p>Brian Urbaszewski of Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago said filters should be go on diesel engine trucks, to eliminate 90 percent of the soot that comes out of tailpipes.</p><p>At Tuesday&rsquo;s city council housing and real estate committee meeting, a hearing for the sale of city land to Norfolk Southern was delayed. A Norfolk Southern spokesman said the company is meeting with environmental activists next month.</p><p>Follow Natalie on Twitter @<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">natalieymoore</a></p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/englewood-residents-fight-environmental-safeguards-during-rail-yard-expansion-105823