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Frankfort, KY: Governor Steve Beshear approves USD3 million for short lines

4 Nov

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear  announced on November 2nd, 2015 approval of more than USD 3 million in state grants for needed improvements to short line railroads in Kentucky.

The projects include public safety improvements to at-grade railroad crossings, railroad bridge overpasses, and upgrades of railroad crossing warning signals, lights, signs and barriers.

“This is an investment in the economy of the Commonwealth because freight railroads are indispensable to our economy and our transportation system,” Gov. Beshear said. “Freight rail companies, including the 12 short lines that operate in Kentucky, contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to our economy each year in the form of wages and benefits, and that’s only part of the story. They provide business, industry and agriculture with a market connection that is safe, efficient and environmentally sound.”

The assistance grants, totalling USD 3,082,197, were provided in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s budget. The grants represent 75-80% of total project costs, with each railroad providing the remainder. In short the grants are:

  • R.J. Corman Railroad Group – USD 1,568,915 for 13 projects on the company’s Central Kentucky Line (Fayette, Franklin, Shelby and Jefferson counties) and eight on its Memphis Line (Logan, Warren and Todd counties). Projects comprise reconstruction or rehabilitation of various crossings and overpasses and a crossing signal upgrade.
  • Paducah & Louisville Railway – USD 1,282,725 for 15 projects in McCracken, Marshall and Jefferson counties involving reconstruction of crossings and a signal upgrade.
  • Port of Louisville Railroad – USD 93,980 for reconstruction of a crossing on KY 1230 in Jefferson County.
  • Kentucky Railway Museum – USD 136,577 for improvements to crossings on U.S. 52 in LaRue County and a county road in Nelson County. (The museum stores railroad rolling stock and is therefore a part of the short line system.)

Idaho: UP to upgrade 104 roadways at level crossings

5 Jun

Union Pacific Railroad (UP) is investing USD 27.6 million between DeWoff and Reverse to upgrade 104 roadways at level crossings. This work is integral to a wider track rehabilitation project that will replace 213,171 cross ties and consume 146,714 tons of ballast.

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.

Stamford, CT: Partnership upgrades private crossing

27 May

A partnership involving the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT), the City of Stamford and the private River Bend Center Development. The City contributed USD 250,000, the private developer USD 350,000 and the state the balance of the USD1.27 million project costs.

The works undertaken at the intersection of River Road and the Metro-North Railroad’s New Canaan branch operations on the CT DOT owned New Canaan line are the installation of half-barriers at what had been an active open crossing. Additionally, works to improve the crossing approaches and roadway were included within the scheme completed in May 2015..

Louisville, KY: Eleven crossings in line for an upgrade

30 Apr

Approvals have ben granted that will allow 11 level crossings in Jefferson County to be upgrade by the addition of half-barriers. However, funding these upgrades is not assured as there are presently 62 level crossings in line for funding. The hard financial facts are that the addition of barriers can cost USD250,000 whereas the State only has a budget of USD1.8 million available.

The 11 crossings that have been approved in Jefferson County are those on Buechel Avenue/ Crawford Avenue, Catalpa Street, Dixie Highway, Gagel Avenue, Greenwood Avenue (where there have been four collisions resulting in two deaths), Hale Avenue, Ralph Avenue, Wilson Avenue, Woodland Avenue, 25th Street and on 28th Street.

Maxton, NC: Opposition to crossing closure risks bigger inconvenience if three are closed instead

25 Apr

Maxton has three level crossings of the CSX Transportation (CSX) right-of-way and risks all three being closed if it doesn’t go along with the proposed upgrade of two crossings and the elimination of the third. CSX has offered to fund the upgrades of two of the crossings which are to be found on North First, North Third and Brooklyn streets.

Now, local politicians have failed to agree on a way forward as representations are being made that closure of the level crossing on North First Street will bring with it hardship to residents which is expressed in a 150 signature petition. Ironically, the original proposal was to close the North Third Street level crossing; but, this was switched to North First Street be causes of opposition to the original proposal.

Next step, talks between City administrators and CSX.

Blue Springs, MS: Crossing upgrade approved

25 Apr

Union County has approved an agreement that will see the level crossing on County Road 265 in Blue Springs upgraded with the addition of half-barriers on what is at present an active open level crossing. In addition, the roadway will be widened an highway approaches improved. The upgrade has been secured in part through an agreement with the Mississippi Department of Transportation that the level crossing on County Road 253 will be closed. Indeed the closure has been implemented