It would appear that the cities of Aurora, Naperville and Plainfield are putting together a untied front to try and stop the sale.
I got a postcard from the city today about a meeting on the 23rd and they have set up an electronic sign on the corner of Ogden and Montgomery encouraging people to 'Get Involved' on the issue.
I have a few questions I suspect they will not be addressing are...
A) If the sale happens will the land the railroad resides on get re-assessed? I am assuming that as a landowner the railroad pays real estate taxes.
B) Is the tripling of rail traffic they are talking about in terms of trains, railcars or both and what are the new numbers for the line in Aurora then ( if you go from 3 to 9 trains it isn't as bad)...
C) The suburban commuter line that was/is going to use those same tracks, the one that we all wanted, how much rail traffic will that end up adding?
Having grown up in a town with a lot of rail (Dolton) and knowing that track has been there a really long time I am having a hard time swallowing the NIMBY arguments. The noise isn't really a problem where I live but I can understand the annoyance of getting caught behind the gates on Ogden.
The stuff on the issue from the City of Aurora is here. Interesting that they list the overpasses and underpasses of the track as being 'impacted' .