Post a New Topic
Time to sunset grade crossings
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on Nov 9, 2008
This past week, the toll in lives and in disruption in commerce have shown that railroad grade crossings are incompatible with high speed rail traffic. Cities and railroads have proved that the will to voluntarily eliminate grade crossings is not there, so it is time to [I hate to say this] mandate, at state level, a date after which grade crossings are allowed in urban areas only if trains slow to 5 miles per hour at each crossing. Los Angeles has seen evidence that not only auto passengers suffer in a crossing accident. Cities will then have to decide whether any crossing is needed, then work with the railroad to develop an under or overpass, or divert existing crossing traffic to other routes. Who knows? Perhaps a route free of grade crossings will allow "conventional" rail service to approach the speed of BART at far less cost than that boondogle.
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