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Dangerous Railroad Crossing needs fixing

RR Crossing under the microscope.

I along with my colleagues recently announced that we will look at ways to expedite a railroad modernization project, at a dangerous crossing in Redding.

There was a horrible accident on Dec. 30 between a car and a Metro-North train.

The crash killed two people and left two others in the hospital.

You can read more on the accident by clicking on the link below.

Read more: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/As-rail-projects-stall-questions-arise-4169804.php#ixzz2HKQnKVLo

 

Here is the letter we penned to the Department of Transportation Commissioner and the President of the Metro North Transportation Association.

 

James Redeker

Commissioner

Office of the Commissioner, Legislative Program

Connecticut Department of Transportation

Newington, CT  06131-7546

 

Howard R. Permut

President MTA Metro-North Railroad

347 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10017-3739

January 4, 2013


Dear Commissioner Redeker and Mr. Permut,

We were saddened to hear about the Dec. 30 accident in West Redding Center, Connecticut, which killed a Danbury resident and injured three others. Department of Transportation records indicate this is the third accident at the West Redding Train Station since 1970, and the first one resulting in a fatality. Other accidents occurred in 1989 and 2010. 

As you may be aware, state bond money was approved in 2009 for a number of railroad crossing improvement projects. The West Redding project is still in the design stage and would not begin until the fall of 2014.

Separately, we understand that there is a Metro-North project at the same crossing that calls for the installation of gates and other safety improvements this year.

In order to make sure these improvements are made as soon as possible, we would like to set up a meeting with you or your representatives.  We want to make sure that what happened Dec. 30 does not happen again.

Please let us know at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,


Michael McLachlan/State Senator

Toni Boucher/State Senator

John Shaban/State Representative

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