The Ferry Street Bridge Petition sign now

Sign on to this petition and pass it along to all you know if you agree that CSX should delay no longer in fully repairing and maintaining the Ferry Street Bridge in the City of Hudson, NY-- for the safety of our children and our families. Clearly CSX can afford to do this-- as July 19th this year CSX "announced second quarter net earnings [profits] of $506 million, or $0.46 per share, versus $414 million, or $0.36 per share, in the same period last year." Enough is enough!

Joel Tyner
Dutchess County Legislator
Rhinebeck/Clinton
Democratic Candidate for Congress, 20th c.d.
JoelforCongress.org
324 Browns Pond Road
Staatsburg, NY 12580
[email protected]
(845) 444-0599

[I've already spoken with CSX Director of Corporate Communications Gary Sease on this; see below-- contact information for CSX.]

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"Waterfront Bridge Closed on Eve of Concert Series"
By Jamie Larson
Hudson-Catskill Newspapers
Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:08 PM EDT

http://www.registerstar.com/articles/2011/07/20/news/doc4e2655a08254e522310938.txt

Stop us if youve heard this one before.

The CSX Railroad-owned bridge over the railroad tracks to the Hudson waterfront, off of Front Street, has been closed due to the extremely degraded and damaged state of the wooden planks that make up its beck. This is the third summer in a row that the bridge has been closed for a time due to its crumbling surface, and officials say this year is the worst yet.

Hudson Mayor Richard Scalera said unlike previous years, when CSX crews would come down and throw a new board or patch over a hole in the dry-rot plagued deck, now the bridge will have to remain closed until major renovations, or a complete bridge replacement, can be worked out with the railroad company.

To make matters worse, the citys waterfront concert series, Hudson. Water. Music. kicks off at 6 p.m. today, and all car traffic to the concert will now have to drive down and around to the waterfront through the at-grade crossing at the farther end of the park. The pedestrian walkway beside the bridge is still passable.

Scalera called CSX Engineer Halsey Brown, now in the mayors speed dial, late last week to express his concerns about the bridge, which is riddled with holes, weak spots and boards that are no longer nailed down. He checked the bridge and said it needed to be closed. Hudson Department of Public Works Superintendent Robert Perry said CSX should perform the closure, but when the company hadnt sent a work crew by Tuesday the DPW closed the bridge in the interest of public safety.

While Brown has been a sympathetic ear for the city when it comes to the crumbling bridge, he has apparently not been able, the mayor said, to convince CSX that they need to spend the money to fix the bridge. He says, I cant find the money Scalera said, He puts the project in and theres no funding.

Scalera said he hopes that the current condition will finally persuade the infrastructure giant that they need to finally do serious work.

This is deja vu for three years, Scalera said Tuesday, while standing on the bridge with First Ward Supervisor John Musall, who has been bemoaning the bridges condition since he first took office four years ago.

Scalera said he has tried to lobby politicians to help, even walking Senator Chuck Schumer over the creaking expanse during his visit to Hudson at last years Flag Day Parade, but there has been no action.

This was a disaster waiting to happen, the mayor continued, Theres going to be nobody crossing this bridge until something is done.

Under the bridge Musall pointed out that large chunks of wood were strewn across the tracks, shaken loose from the bridge deck. This is our pathway to the waterfront, Musall said, It is an important part of this city.

To reach reporter Jamie Larson, call 518-828-1616, ext. 2269, or e-mail [email protected] To comment directly on this story, go to www.registerstar.com.

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CSX Announces Record Second Quarter Results

http://www.csx.com/index.cfm/media/press-releases/csx-announces-record-second-quarter-results/

Year-Over-Year Highlights

Operating income improves 21 percent to $926 million
Operating ratio improves 190 basis points to 69.3 percent
Earnings per share increase 28 percent to $0.46

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 19, 2011 CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) today announced second quarter net earnings of $506 million, or $0.46 per share, versus $414 million, or $0.36 per share, in the same period last year. This represents a 28 percent year-over-year improvement in earnings per share.

As our markets continue to expand, CSX is delivering outstanding results for shareholders, said Michael J. Ward, chairman, president and chief executive officer. At the same time, we are taking a number of actions to position the operations for greater customer demand, now and over the long-term.

Revenue in the quarter improved 13 percent from the prior year to $3.0 billion, with increases across all major markets merchandise, intermodal and coal. Overall revenues were driven by volume growth, pricing that reflects the value of freight rail transportation, and recoveries that offset higher fuel prices.

The higher revenue, coupled with the companys focus on profitable growth, drove a 21 percent increase in operating income to a record $926 million, and an operating ratio of 69.3 percent, a 190 basis point improvement year-over-year.

As previously announced, CSX expects to make 2011 capital investments of $2.2 billion. That is consistent with its intentions to reinvest an average of 18 percent of its revenues into its business through 2015 to further enhance the capacity, quality and flexibility of its rail network. The company remains on target to achieve its current near- and long-term financial guidance, including a high-sixties operating ratio in 2011 and a 65 percent operating ratio by no later than 2015.

This earnings announcement, as well as a package of detailed financial information, is contained in the CSX Quarterly Financial Report available on the company's website at http://investors.csx.com and on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

David Baggs, Investor Relations
904-359-4812
Gary Sease, Corporate Communications
877-835-5279

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CSX contact info here from http://www.csx.com/index.cfm/about-csx/contact-us/ ...

CSX Corporate Headquarters
500 Water Street, 15th Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32202
904-359-3200

CSX Transportation Inc.
500 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
904-359-3100
CSX Ethics Information Hotline: 1-800-737-1663

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From http://gossipsofrivertown.blogspot.com/2011/07/you-cant-get-there-from-here.html ...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011
You Can't Get There from Here

Just in time for the first concert in Hudson's riverfront series, Hudson. Water. Music., the City has closed the Ferry Street Bridge because of what have been determined to be unsafe conditions. Jamie Larson has the story in today's Register-Star: "Waterfront bridge closed on eve of concert series." Reports and observation indicate that the pedestrian bridge is still open, but cars must cross the railroad tracks at the grade-level crossing just south of the train station.

POSTED BY CAROLE OSTERINK AT 1:20 PM

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[for even more on this see:
http://cityofhudson.org/content/Generic/View/3:field=documents;/content/Documents/File/739.pdf; http://www.flickr.com/photos/columbia/]

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