NWI Rail Crossing Task Force (RCTF)

March 11, 2019 1:30 p.m.

Lake Michigan Room 6100 Southport Road, Portage


1.0 Call to Order

2.0 Welcome & Introductions

3.0 Presentation – Railroad Crossing Issues in NWI

4.0 Discussion of Surface Transportation Board Remedies

5.0 Comments from Attendees

6.0 Next Steps / Federal Legislation

7.0 Next Meeting

8.0 Adjournment

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NW Indiana Rail Crossing Task Force Meeting NIRPC Lake Michigan Room

December 17, 2018 – 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Notes

Tom McDermott called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. Present were:

Tom McDermott, City of Hammond; Geof Benson, Beverly Shores; John Wotkun, Griffith; Dave Shilling, Gary; Theresa Mince, Purdue Extension; Veronica Jalomo, Purdue Extension; Sarah Kobetis, Gary; Tim Bietry, Michigan City; Justin Kiel, LaCrosse; Blossom Mabun, SLCCS; Brian Snedecor, Hobart; Phil Gralik, Hobart; Bill Oeding, Hammond; William Moore; EME Rail Solutions; Craig Zandstra, Lake County Parks; Mark O’Dell, Chesterton, Hector Rosario, East Chicago PD; Frank Smith, East Chicago PD; Bob Fulton, Hobart; Scott Vidimos, Vidimos, Inc.; Carolyn Saxton, Ogden Dunes; John Sherron, Kemira; Dean Button, Hammond; Roger Rhodes, Ogden Dunes; Mike Teeling, Ogden Dunes; Jan Bapst, Dune Acres; Bill Griffin, Dune Acres; Melissa Porter, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Bryan Waisanen, Union Township; Adam McAlpine, Valparaiso; Steve Gropp; LaPorte, Laurie Keagle, South Shore Clean Cities; Bill Emerson, Lake County Surveyor; David Wright, GPTC; George Topoll, Union Twp. Trustee; Louis Arcari, Jr., East Chicago PD; Jeff Long, Hammond PD; Michelle Helton; Andrew Steele, NWI Times; Tim Zorn, Post-Tribune. NIRPC staff: Ty Warner, Trey Wadsworth, Mitch Barloga, Eman Ibrahim, Charles Bradsky, Peter Kimball, James Winters, Scott Weber and Mary Thorne.

Mitch Barloga presented some background information, including some rail and crash statistics, possible remedies like the CREATE program, Local Trax, Indiana grade crossing law, issues with air quality and blocked crossings and case studies.

Comments from attendees:

The next meeting of the task force will be on March 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at NIRPC.