US Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is renewing his push to reduce Amtrak train delays in Illinois. Durbin held a meeting with state and federal officials Wednesday in Champaign to discuss delays caused by freight train interference on lines owned by Canadian National. Surface Transportation Board Chairman Dan Elliott was among those in attendance.
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“If they’re not hitting their on-time performance numbers, we are allowed to hit them with damages,” Elliott said, “and those damages will actually go to Amtrak to build the infrastructure that they require to make on-time performance better.” Durbin says trains on Amtrak’s Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale route have been late around 50 percent of the time this year.