What’s their hurry?

According to a Times article the other day our city attorney maintains that in discussions with railroad representatives they told city officials “when you come to that meeting you need to talk to us about No. 1, finishing your obligations…”.

Not a priority

What does the railroad expect?  The city made a deal with them in order to get land they needed for the ball park.  Does the railroad actually expect the city to do what they promised?

The deal was made in 2013.  We all know it takes time for the city to do something–unless it is something that the city wants.

We deserve better


6 Responses to What’s their hurry?

  1. Y Que! says:

    Can’t anything from this pathetic city government ever be done without controversy? These big fish in a small pond city “leaders” must like to have their name out in public to satisfy their egos. They look for problems, create their own crisis and blame others, and then swoop in and solve the crisis in the name of civic duty. Blowhards.


  2. pot meets kettle says:

    The Railroad is not a good corporate citizen and is no better than the City when it comes to treating the residents in the community with a total lack of integrity and disrespect.

    The only “unfulfilled obligation” that I am aware of is Cadwallader street which is open until the reconstruction of Carolina overpass is completed but the railroad agreed to this up front

    Furthermore streets do not have to be closed for a quite zone.

    Safety crossing arms and a median are also an option, but the railroad flat out refuses to consider this option because they plan to run their trains at least 60+ mph through the neighborhoods in the city and they want the streets closed.

    Also by insisting on closing streets adjacent to their switching yards, like Cadwallader, allows the railroad to extend the length of the switching yard.

    Quiet zone designations do not apply to switching yards per Federal regulation. Once a train stops it must blast its horn before moving again.

    So neither the Railroad or City rep Steve Ortega had the decency to be honest with residents about the reality of their so called “quiet zone”. Switching yards are much louder than street crossing warnings.

    Also quite zones are not an absolute. If the conductor wants to blast his horn he is allowed and there is no penalty.

    Additionally trains are not allowed to stop and block intersections however this RR Co. routinely refuses to comply with the federal regulations that govern them.


    • Reality Checker says:

      The railroad is not a government entity. It’s executives are not elected and compensated by taxpayers. They are not “public servants.” One would hope that businesses are good corporate citizens, but there is a difference and we are justified in expecting more from people who hold public office or work for city and county government.

      Plus, you really have no way of knowing if that is in fact what the railroad executives said to the city. Those in local government have a habit of being less than truthful, especially when it helps them move projects in directions that satisfy their developer patrons.


    • anonymous says:

      The railroad has shareholders. The city has taxpayers. The railroad respects and fulfills its obligations to its shareholders far better than the city respects and fulfills its obligations to taxpayers.


      • anonymous also says:

        The railroad is a giant bureaucracy, almost as bad as the Pentagon. They have a habit of taking their time to come to the negotiating table, are slow to respond to requests and know that their rights are federally protected into infinity. I do not defend the city, do not want the arena no matter where they build it but I do imagine that trying to buy a piece of railroad property would be a decade long process.


  3. Reality Checker says:

    The railroad, like the rest of us, knows that the City of El Paso does not have a strong record of honoring its obligations to taxpayers, vendors, or parties with whom it has entered into agreements. However, the railroad, unlike taxpayers, doesn’t have to suffer through various administrations before being able to do things to protect its own interests.


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