Funds awarded to improve Hoosier rail safety
The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded nearly $3.5 million to three Indiana agencies in an effort to boost railroad safety. The Indiana Rail Road Co., INDOT and NICTD will use the funds to make improvements throughout the state. The Indiana Rail Road Co. has received nearly $130,000 to make improvements at 321 railroad crossings in 10 counties in Indiana and Illinois. Work will include clearing trees and brush from 201 highway grade railroad crossings and installing warning signs at 120 private road crossings that intersect with the Indiana Railroad. The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District has received $2.69 million to add two platform access points at the East Chicago Train Station. The FRA says the additions will reduce congestion, enhance safety and operational efficiencies, decrease passenger delays and reduce the probability of derailments.
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