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2/15/2012


Rail News: Communication and Signal
Crossing upgrades advance in North Carolina, Ohio and Washington



The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to hold a public meeting on Thursday to solicit comments on potential improvements to three crossings along the Charlotte rail corridor in West Charlotte. 
 
A study conducted in conjunction with STV/Ralph Whitehead Associates might recommend closing some of the crossings, NCDOT officials said in a meeting notice.

Meanwhile, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing CSX Transportation to install flashing lights and gates at two crossings in Lake Township and Middleton Township.

Funding will be covered by federal dollars. CSXT must complete the upgrades by Nov. 14, according to PUCO.

In addition, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved a plan to provide the Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad $20,000 from the Grade Crossing Protective Fund to upgrade warning signals at a crossing in Aberdeen.

The railroad will replace the spur track crossing surface with a concrete surface, install new underground cable, upgrade the flashing lights to light-emitting diode lights and convert train detection equipment to a constant warning system. The work must be completed by Dec. 30, according to the UTC.

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