Of Trains/Impact On Rochester Mn.
& E railroad proposes to increase the amount of
train traffic per day from the current 3/day to 37/day.
will be no limit on the number of trains per day
established by the Surface Transportation Board.
Of 37 Trains On Train Crossings
an 8100’ train (1 ½ mile in length), full closure of a
will range from 2 ½ minutes @ 45 MPH to 3 ¼ minutes
@ 34 MPH.
The associated time to clear the resulting
congestion would be added to the closure
time and would affect
the crossing and adjacent intersections for a minimum
of 4 to
5 minutes until traffic flow would stabilize again.
a total of 37 trains/day, at 4 minutes of disruption,
the total daily
disruption would be 2 ½ hours, while at 5
minutes it would be just over 3 hrs/day.
trains will be 8100’ in length, there may
be up to 8
crossings closed simultaneously.
For example, 6th
Ave. W, 4th Ave. W, 1st Ave. W, N.
Broadway, 2nd Ave. E,
9th Ave. E, 11th
Ave. E, and 15th Ave. E are all within 8000’ of
Of 3 Hr. Closure Of Major Intersections
90,000 vehicles carrying approximately
cross the railroad tracks in Rochester each day.
15,000 to 20,000 people each day in Rochester
delayed if the number of trains increases to 37 per day.
are 373 daily railroad crossings by ISD 535 buses.
average bus ridership of 50 students/bus,
impact 18,650 students daily.
This does not include
crossings due to field trips or other miscellaneous trips.
a weekday basis, city buses cross the DM&E tracks 189
An estimated 381,763 public transit passengers were
across the DM&E Railroad on these crossings in
are 4,294 ambulance emergency calls in Rochester each
of which approximately 1300 are on the opposite
side of the
tracks from the ambulance station.
heart attack victim in Rochester has a good chance of
if defibrillation occurs within 6 minutes. 4 minute
delays for additional
train traffic could reduce the
survival rate for Rochester citizens.
are 90,000 Rochester Police and Sheriff’s calls/year
which 31,000 require an emergency response within 5
Several thousand of these calls could be delayed
by the proposed increase in DM & E train
and Fire also respond to medical emergencies in Rochester.
Any increase over the current public safety 4 minute
response goal would affect survival rates.
Rochester Fire Department will make 2275 fire and rescue
responses in 1998 and 335 medical emergency responses.
of these will require crossings of the railroad tracks
the potential for delays by increased trains.
Department response goal is 4 minutes.
hundred thousand pedestrians crossings
are made of the
railroad tracks each year.
is a unique community whose economy is highly
upon medical visitors and other visitors to the City.
are over 1.5 million national and
international visitors to
are over 20,000 medical jobs and over 8,000
restaurant jobs in the City of Rochester.
medical / lodging / restaurant employment in the
Rochester accounts for approximately
33% of the total
Olmsted County employment.
Mayo Foundation is a business
with over $2 billion of annual
hotel and restaurant business in Rochester
is an approximate
$100 million per year industry.
small decline in medical or other visitors to the community
due to the inconvenience, noise, pollution, traffic
decreased quality of life due to 37 coal
trains/day would cost
the area economy multiple millions
of dollars annually.
are 3 elderly living complexes in close proximity
DM&E line, which house over 600 residents.
The Senior Citizens Center is also located near the DM&E
This center provides social and recreational services
for the elderly.
noise level of coal trains would be in the range of 80 to 90
A decibel level of over 70 in the City of
is considered a nuisance under City ordinances.
noise level of 2000 trucks per hour traveling at 55 MPH
would be equal to an average hourly decibel level of 85.
train noise will lower property
values of adjacent properties.
A federal report discussing
the social costs of freight transportation
is a 0.4% decline in property value for each 1 decibel
increase in noise resulting from an increased level of
If noise levels increase by 25 db, for
would suggest a 10% decrease in property
total property value (land & buildings) of parcels
within 500 ft of each side
the railroad track is $113,161,200 based on Olmsted County Assessor’s records.
a 10% reduction in property value occurs this would be a
loss of over $11.3 million for the affected property-owners.
you have concerns regarding the proposed DM&E project, you
encouraged to write your elected officials and encourage
express their concerns to members of the Surface
You are also encouraged to write directly
Surface Transportation Board with your concerns.