Amtrak To Put $130 Million Into Work On Connecticut Bridges
#1 Mar 27, 2009
Rail infrastructure should be attacked with the same zeal that was present when Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System.
#2 Mar 27, 2009
Hey Chris Dodd did something right, how in the world are all of you Repugs going to handle that?
#3 Mar 27, 2009
..until all level crossings in the state are redesigned so there is no car - train interaction, high speed rail in the state is a dream. Trains MUST slow down when approaching level crossings to avoid collisions. Meridan is a prime example. about once each year a car is hit by a train.
If we use some of the stimulus funds to build overpasses and underpasses, cars will be able to cross tracks without ever coming into contact with trains. Net result, the trains will run faster. Until we separate the two, faster trains will not be able to reach their design speeds.
Every country on earth that has high speed rail did away with level crossings as part of their overall system design.
#4 Mar 28, 2009
Incorrect. As part of the track improvements for the Acela, some grade crossings (the only ones on the entire route from New York to Boston) in southeastern Connecticut were preserved. The Acela does not "slow down" for them. Federal regulations require special crossing gates and safety technology, but they do not prohibit such crossings and they do not limit speed purely due to their presence.
#5 Mar 29, 2009
No, it is true. Grade crossings are permitted for FRA track classes 1 thru 7, track classes 8 & 9 cannot have grade crossings. The maximum speed for track class 7 is 125 MPH.
Acela of course has a top speed of 150 MPH, so it would have to slow down to 125 MPH for any grade crossings. I believe that there are only one or two crossings within the few 150 MPH zones, most of the crossings are in places where Acela is already running much slower for other reasons.
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