Erving, MA: Town faces bill for crossing upgrade

27 May

While reduced train speed can cut a railway’s maintenance-of-way costs while at the same time making it more likely that motorists will circumvent lowered level crossing barriers. This is the scenario that Pan Am Railways is addressing with the town of Ervine expected to foot the bill to reduce the warning to motorists to 35 seconds as part of a crossing renewal scheme.

The road intersecting with the railway is a private town-owned facility which by way of a 1974 agreement leaves the town the responsibility of meeting Pan Am Railways’ costs of renewing the crossing. The estimate to upgrade the crossing by way of ¬†constant warning time technology may cost as much as USD 311,000 according to the railway.

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