Maloney Announces $1.9 Million Federal Investment in Rail Grade Crossing Safety
Washington – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced a federal investment of $1,910,785 to improve railroad safety infrastructure in New York, including Port Jervis. This federal investment will be used to install CCTV cameras to record grade crossing movements at 43 identified grade crossings along Metro North, including locations in Port Jervis, Hudson, Harlem, and Suffolk and Nassau Counties. These cameras will investigate specific incidents and analyze crossing and traffic operations for targeted safety improvements. This information will be used to develop and enhance grade crossing safety.
“Incidents at rail crossings are all too common in New York – there are hundreds of high-hazard and dangerous crossings that need significant improvements – that is why it is crucial that we invest in positive train control and improve safety at grade crossings. This critical federal investment will ensure we identify key safety concerns at these crossings now so we can improve our safety infrastructure and keep millions of New Yorkers safe,” said Rep. Maloney.
Immediately following the Metro-North accident, Maloney introduced the Rail Crossings Safety Improvement Act, which would invest in state and local governments' efforts to build bridges, tunnels, or otherwise relocate roads in order to improve the safety of grade crossings for passengers, motorists, and pedestrians. This legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on March 4, 2015, as part of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA). In addition, Maloney wrote several key measures to improve rail safety, which were included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, also known as the Highway Transportation bill and signed into law. The Passenger Train Derailment Prevention Act, which would require passenger railroads and freight lines on which passenger rail travels to identify curves with a speed reduction of 20 mph or greater, and take actions to enhance safety, including: modifying existing ATC or other signal systems, increasing crew size, installing signage, installing alert systems in cabs, and increasing crew communication. This legislation also gives railroads an incentive to implement positive train control (PTC).