Federal Law limiting time Railroad crossings can be blocked

Federal Law limiting time Railroad crossings can be blocked

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Joe Tate started this petition to Congress and

BLOCKED BY A TRAIN for 20 minutes or more?
For far to long the public has tolerated excessive road crossing blockage at the hands of stopped railroad trains. Train lengths have reached 16,000 feet! Communities often have a road crossing about every mile or so. Meaning if a train stops you may have 3 road crossings or more blocked if a train travels through your town or city. If that same train stops on your crossings what can you do? Currently, not much. There’s a phone number on the road crossing box. There’s a federal website to report it. Meanwhile you’re still blocked. Trains are constantly stopped on road crossings, blocking our access to our schools, jobs, homes and our commutes. People have lost jobs due to this. People have lost reasonable access to the services they pay for because of this. People have lost their lives do to this. Emergency responders are “blocked” from saving our lives! Our fireman, police officers, paramedics can be blocked for minutes at a time, or even hours at a time with no recourse to the railroad. Your life, children’s lives, friends and relatives lives could’ve been saved if responders had access to you. The thought of a loved one dying because a railroad company CHOSE to stop a train and block our community is extremely troubling and should infuriate you. And believe me conductors and engineers have very little say in the matter, but do make attempts to NOT block your community.  Train lengths have ended most of their efforts.  Your State probably has a law in place to prevent such blockages however the railroad company’s have won in court using interstate commerce laws to hide behind. Some courts have ruled that your State has no right to enforce its laws! Laws that protect you and me. We must put an end to this at a federal level. We must create a reasonable maximum length of time that a train is legally allowed to be stopped blocking a road crossing. So this petition is created to force congress to create a law specific to a length of time a train may be stopped on our road crossings. 5 minutes, 10, 15 or whatever they deem reasonable. Please sign this and stop the railroad company’s from disrupting and destroying lives. 

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