Camanche Holds Public Meeting about Proposed Railroad Merger
The Camanche City Council wants to hear what residents think about the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern railroads. It will hold a public meeting about it tonight at city hall.
Andrew Kida, Camanche City Administrator, says CP contacted the city to start negotiations after the city filed a response with the Surface Transportation Board. The company asked Camanche to close a few railroad crossings, and city leaders said, "No."
More than 1,200 people live in Camanche between the railroad tracks and the Mississippi River. Kida is concerned about the ability of first responders to reach those 409 households if the merger is approved.
Tuesday night's public hearing about the Canadian Pacific merger will begin at 6:00 at Camanche City Hall. There will be a short presentation, then people will have three minutes each to tell the council what they think.
The Surface Transportation Board will hold a public meeting about the proposed merger in Davenport on September 13th. (Note: The audio version incorrectly says Sept. 12th is the date for that meeting.) Online meetings will also be held in September along with a three-day public hearing later in the month at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Then final briefs will be due by October 14th, 2022.