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PSC Dismisses Complaint Against Two Railroads

PSC Dismisses Complaint Against Two Railroads

For Immediate Release

       PSC Dismisses Complaint against Two Railroads

Lincoln, September 15, 2020 – The Nebraska Public Service
Commission has issued an Order dismissing the Transportation
Department complaint (DC-98) against the Union Pacific
Railroad Company (UPRR) and Nebraska Central Railroad
Company (NCRC ).

In June, the PSC issued an Order releasing its findings from its
February hearing and closing the investigation into the blocking
of railroad crossings in Hall County and directed the PSC
Transportation Department to file a formal complaint against
UPRR, NCRC and BNSF. Today’s action by the Commission
dismisses the complaint (DC-98) against UPRR & NCRC.

“Our goal through this process was to find a workable solution to the
problem of blocked crossings and we intend to keep close watch to
assure the solution is long term,” said Commission Chair Mary
Ridder. “By working together UPRR & NCRC have found a way to
keep these crossings open. We appreciate their efforts and believe
this new process will provide long awaited relief to the citizens who
need to safely cross to their places of work, school, and family.”

The two railroads (UPRR & NCRC) have agreed on a plan as to how
they will handle their trains, so they are not blocking crossings. The
section of track affected is between Saint Paul Road and Sky Park
Road, Airport Road east to past 4th Street East.

A departmental complaint (DC-97) filed against Burlington Northern
Santa Fe (BNSF) remains ongoing.

Commissioner Ridder said, “We hope to be able to come a workable
solution with BNSF as well. With Rail Safety Week coming up we
remind everyone that the safety of our citizens is of utmost
importance and we encourage anyone who may encounter problems
to contact our Transportation Department.”

Citizens wishing to provide information on areas of concern can
email the PSC  Transportation Department @ psc.motorfilings@

Sponsored by Operation LifeSaver (OLI) in partnership with
U.S. Department of Transportation(USDOT) Rail Safety Week
September 21-27, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the need
for rail safety education and empower the general public to keep
themselves safe near highway-rail grade crossings and railroad
right-of-ways. ###

Deb Collins- Media & Communications Mgr.
(402) 471-0226

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