Fund­ing to Im­prove Rail In­fra­struc­ture An­nounced

The Avenue News - - Police -

U.S. Se­na­tors Bar­bara A. Mikul­ski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) to­day an­nounced the Fed­eral Rail­road Ad­min­is­tra­tion has awarded the Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (MDOT) $700,000 to im­prove four cross­ings in Rosedale, Mary­land. The area was the site of a train de­rail­ment and ex­plo­sion in May 2013.

“A re­li­able and well main­tained in­fra­struc­ture is vi­tal to safety and cre­at­ing jobs to­day in con­struc­tion and jobs to­mor­row through eco­nomic growth,” said Sen­a­tor Mikul­ski, Vice Chair­woman of the Sen­ate Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee which funds the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and the Fed­eral Rail­road Ad­min­is­tra­tion. “This grant will im­prove safety and pro­vide im­por­tant in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments for both trucks and trains that travel through Bal­ti­more County’s res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties. I will con­tinue fight­ing to put funds our fed­eral check­book that keep Mary­lan­ders safe on the roads and on the rails.”

“We fought for this fed­eral in­vest­ment to help re­store safety and re­li­a­bil­ity to a well-trav­eled re­gion in Mary­land. It will save lives and keep our econ­omy rolling,” said Sen­a­tor Cardin. “We must con­tinue to in­vest in Amer­ica’s in­fra­struc­ture, which is at the core of ev­ery com­mu­nity in ev­ery cor­ner of our state and our coun­try.”

These fed­eral funds will im­prove four se­quen­tial, pri­vate grade cross­ings in Rosedale, Mary­land by in­stalling au­to­mated half-road­way gates, bells and lights to re­duce the risk of se­ri­ous truck-train ac­ci­dents along an ac­tive 1.87-mile freight rail line in a busy in­dus­trial area north­east of Bal­ti­more, MD. Many of these trains trans­port haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als, and the com­bi­na­tion of train move­ments, truck cross­ings and pas­sive warn­ing de­vices cre­ates a sig­nif­i­cant risk of truck-train ac­ci­dents.

On May 23, 2013, a truck driver drove onto rail­road tracks in Rosedale, Mary­land, caus­ing a CSX train car­ry­ing haz­ardous ma­te­rial to de­rail and ex­plode.

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