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|Rail Future Discussed At Public Forum
|Grade separations and rail yard improvements will bring construction jobs, railroad jobs, and related jobs to this community.
Those were the words of 74th District State Representative Don Moffitt as he spoke in a public forum yesterday at Carl Sandburg College. Members of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and members of the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association gathered together to talk about what the future holds for the rail industry and how important rail is to this area.
Moffitt says there is more than 88-million dollars coming to the community in order to build three railroad overpasses, and make improvements at the BNSF rail yard among other projects.
Moffitt says the area will see benefits thanks to the overpasses being built.
"One is construction jobs. Each one will take about two years to build but be spread over several years which will easily be six or seven years of work in construction jobs. Second, improved or eased movement of the motoring public around town. Third, enhance response time for emergency vehicles."
Moffitt was just one of the speakers. Others who got up to talk about the future of rail were BNSF employees that included Assistant Vice President Paul Nowicki, Regional Manager of Economic Development Eric Pitcher and the terminal superintendent in Galesburg Rick Danielson.
Danielson said all the successes at the BNSF rail yard wouldn't be possible without the dedication and hard work of the nearly 1,150 employees there.
(Assistant Vice-President for BNSF Railroad Paul Nowicki speaks to a group gathered to hear about the future of rail in the area Tuesday at Carl Sanburg College.)
(Regional Manager of Economic Development for BNSF Railroad talks to those who attended a rail forum Tuesday at Carl Sandburg College.)
(News story and photos by WGIL's Dominic Fortini)
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