get on track! unblock our railroad crossings

sign our letter urging union pacific to help council bluffs maintain safety in our communities

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A south Council Bluffs community – known as the “triangle of death” – is forced to contend with frequently and often SIMULTANEOUSLY blocked rail crossings for extended periods of time that:

prevent all entries and exits in and out of the community

creates a serious danger for all residential and commercial property owners and renters (and visitors)

it precludes emergency response such as fire and ambulance from reaching the community

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By signing, you are joining your neighbors in asking Union Pacific to work with Mayor Walsh to cover the cost, installation, and upkeep of Trainfo data collection devices at high volume intersections (16th Ave, 9th Ave, 5th Ave, 2nd Ave, and Ave B) as well as Trainfo warning signals that will alert drivers when the tracks are blocked (flashing beacons on 8th and 16th Streets).

Union Pacific has indicated to Mayor Walsh of Council Bluffs that they are aware of the issue and invested in creating a train crossing schedule that will ensure that multiple railroad crossings bordering this community are not simultaneously blocked. These technologies will ensure accountability to that schedule and to evaluate and address issues as they emerge. Sign our letter and add your name!

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Dear representatives of Union Pacific Railroad,


Our coalition has been convening public meetings with local residents and community leaders concerned about blocked rail crossings in the south Council Bluffs area, commonly referred to as the “Triangle of Death.” 


Residents, commuters, business owners and their patrons, and all visitors to the community must contend with lengthy waits at rail crossings and frequent occurrences when all rail crossings bordering the area are simultaneously blocked for extended periods of time.


We believe this poses a serious public safety issue for members of the community unable to access EMS services and other critical resources. It also has potential economic impacts for both residential and commercial business drivers that get stuck waiting in rail crossing traffic without the ability to reroute efficiently and/or in a timely manner. 


We are pleased to hear that Union Pacific has indicated to Mayor Walsh that they are aware of the issue and invested in creating a train crossing schedule that will ensure that multiple railroad crossings bordering this community are not simultaneously blocked.


We believe that accountability and communication between residents, local leaders, businesses, and the rail industry is essential to successfully remedying this issue and all of its deleterious impacts on the community. Alongside schedule creation and adherence, we believe that additional steps should be taken by Union Pacific. They include acknowledging and agreeing to the City of Council Bluffs’ and Mayor Walsh’s request to:


  • Cover all costs of installation, operation, and maintenance of Trainfo data collection devices at high volume intersections (16th Ave, 9th Ave, 5th Ave, 2nd Ave, and Ave B).
  • Covering all costs of installation, operation, and maintenance of Trainfo warning signals alerting drivers when the tracks are blocked (flashing beacons located on 8th Street and 16th Street alerting drivers to proceed to the Broadway).


Council Bluffs is a proud railroad town. We believe that we can work together to improve public safety, economic outcomes, and the quality of life of this railroad-bordered community.


We look forward to your response.


In solidarity, the undersigned:

{resident and leader signatures}

United Today, Stronger Tomorrow

Concerned Citizens of Pottawattamie County

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