Cuomo signs bill aimed at mak­ing rail cross­ings safer

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A mea­sure re­quir­ing a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the state’s railroad cross­ings has been signed into law by the gov­er­nor.

The bill, spon­sored by state Sen. David Car­lucci, a Rock­land County Demo­crat, will pri­or­i­tize safety im­prove­ments at all high­way rail cross­ings in the state, as well as re­view the ad­e­quacy of traf­fic and pedes­trian warn­ing sig­nals.

Car­lucci said the law is im­por­tant not just be­cause of the com­muter rail traf­fic, but also rail freight, es­pe­cially in the Hud­son Val­ley.

“One way we can safe­guard against a po­ten­tial or a leak or a spill of Bakken crude oil or an­other haz­ardous ma­te­rial is to se­cure and safe­guard our rail cross­ings,” he said. “It doesn’t have to mean a lot of money. In many cases, it can be some ex­tra paint on the road, some ad­di­tional sig­nage.”

The new law man­dates study of: the safety of at­grade cross­ings, with the fea­si­bil­ity of im­ple­ment­ing de­sign changes; the ad­e­quacy of traf­fic and pedes­trian warn­ing sig­nals; fed­eral fund­ing avail­able for safety im­prove­ments; fea­si­bil­ity of equip­ping com­muter trains with tech­nol­ogy to im­prove safety; and an assess­ment of which at­grade rail cross­ings are the most dan­ger­ous in the state.

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