May 1, 2014 Amtrak Statement in Support of Sen. Durbin’s Call to Maintain Ventilation at Chicago Union Station

Marc Magliari

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The following is a statement by Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman:

“The safety and security of rail passengers and employees is paramount to the way we operate Amtrak.

“Amtrak and the City of Chicago each filed court actions and in 2013 obtained federal and local court orders requiring the ventilating fans in the Old Post Office Building over our tracks be operated continuously, 24/7. We find unacceptable that the property owner, International Property Developers, now wants to significantly reduce the operation of those fans.

“Amtrak is leading a coalition of other stakeholders to oppose this motion and greatly appreciates Sen. Durbin’s support as we fight to protect the safety of Amtrak and Metra passengers and employees.

“We feel strongly that it’s the right thing to do to hold this property owner accountable to its legal obligations on this matter. The developer acquired the post office building with full knowledge that it is a passenger facility.”

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