Name: Pissed at CSX
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 October 2014
I am a long-time resident of Evergreen Park, Illinois, and older,
well-established suburb on the southwest side of Chicago.
Sadly, the CSX railroad tracks run diagonally through our nice little
town--meaning that you'll be blocked their poorly-maintained trains
not once, not twice, but a whopping three times.
Evergreen Park, IL is in very close proximity to dozens of southwest
side suburbs. In essence, you could say the suburbs in this area are
wall-to-wall (to coin an old, cliche). More importantly, Evergreen
Park, IL is home to a major hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital.
And our neighbor to the west, Oak Lawn, is home to another--even
larger--hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center. Both hospitals take
all the emergency calls from the Chicago Police and Fire Departments
within about a five to seven mile radius. Additionally, Advocate Christ
Medical Center is a trauma center for all the gunshot victims on the
south and southwest sides of Chicago (if you've ever toured these
neighborhoods, you'll instantly see that it is rife with the lifestyle
that creates dozens-and-dozens of gunshot victims).
Well, back to the original storyline: CSX Railroad.
Without exception, our quaint little town, Evergreen Park, IL, is held
hostage on a daily basis due the the utter incompetency of this
pathetically outdated railroad company.
For whatever reason, CSX Railroad has decided that the train tracks
that run diagonally through Evergreen Park should be its personal
Conservatively speaking, I'd say that CSX railroad blocks traffic in
Evergreen Park, IL approximately 30 times monthly. Remember, folks: I
And when this poor excuse for a railroad decides to block traffic, the
blockage oftentimes lasts for ONE HOUR OR LONGER.
Not only does this create mayhem and chaos in the center of town, it
blocks emergency vehicles from 14-15 suburbs from reaching their
intended destinations: Little Company of Mary Hospital; and Advocate
Christ Medical Center.
As I sit stalled in traffic due to the utter incompetence of CSX
railroad, staring at a Chicago Fire Department ambulance doing the
same, I can only wonder how many people have died inside ambulances due
to being held captive by the boobs who operate CSX.
Complaints to the Evergreen Police Department, to the Evergreen Park
Trustees, and the Mayor seem to fall upon deaf ears. Yeah...they
promise to resolve the problem, but rarely--if ever--fail to address
the root cause--a 1920s style railroad trying to operate in the 21st
To give the citizen of Evergreen Park some "sense" of action, the
village posts nonsense verbiage on the Village Hall electronic
billboard, asking frustrated citizens to call CSX Railroad...as if that
is going to do any good.
For myself, at least, I'm moving the h____l out of Evergreen Park, and
CSX railroad is the final nail in the coffin that perpetuated my move.
But for the elderly citizens of Evergreen Park--of which there are
many--they will be forced to suffer the ignominy of having to deal with
captivity, loud air horns, and the outright ignorance of the CSX
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