Pittsburgh's Port Authority to receive more than $2.5 million for derailment damage

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A Twitter post shows damage to Pittsburgh's Station Square light rail station in August 2018. The agency which operates the light rail system will receive more than $2.5 million in reimbursement for damages from Norfolk Southern.
Port Authority of Allegheny County, via Twitter

PITTSBURGH — The Port Authority of Allegheny County will receive more than $2.5 million from Norfolk Southern in reimbursement for damages to its light-rail system from an NS derailment in August 2018.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the port authority board’s performance oversight committee recommended the settlement be approved by the full board at its meeting next week. Chief legal officer Mike Cetra told the committee that “grueling” discussions with the railroad led to the final figure; the Port Authority submitted a $3 million claim to the railroad in February, but some items had been submitted twice.

The Aug. 5 derailment sent intermodal cars and containers down a hill onto the light rail line’s Station Square station, damaging track, overhead lines, and some parts of the station. Service was rerouted for three weeks while repairs were made. [See “Commute returns to normal as Pittsburgh completes light rail repairs,” Trains News Wire, Aug. 28, 2018.] A broken rail was blamed for the derailment. [See “FRA report suggests Pittsburgh derailment could have been avoided,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 9, 2019.]


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