Digest: Denver RTD rejects proposal to end private security contract

News Wire Digest second section for Aug. 12: Three dead in derailment in Scotland; Oswego, Ill., approves plan with parking for proposed Metra station
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Denver's Regional Transportation District has rejected a proposal to cancel a private security contract.
TRAINS: David Lassen

Wednesday midday rail news:

Denver RTD committee votes down proposal to end security contract

Denver’s Regional Transportation District has rejected a proposal to cancel its contract for private armed security guards and replace them with outreach workers. The Denver Post reports the agency’s operations and customer service committee turned down the proposal on Tuesday by a 14-1 vote. Only the proposal’s author, Shontel Lewis, voted in favor of the proposal, which would have ended a $22 million contract with Allied University Security [see “Digest: High winds cause BSNF derailment …,” Aug. 11, 2020].

Three killed in ScotRail derailment
Three people have been killed and six others hospitalized as a result of a Wednesday derailment of a passenger train on Scotland’s east coast. The BBC reports that the ScotRail train, a modernized HST trainset, was bound from Aberdeen to Glasgow. It is believed to have hit a landslide following heavy rains in the region. The accident occurred in Stonehaven, about 16 miles south of Aberdeen.

Oswego OKs plan with parking for proposed Metra station
The village of Oswego, Ill., has approved a mixed-use development plan that includes a parking lot for a proposed Metra station on the community’s west side. Patch.com reports the 18.78-acre lot would have spaces for 1,769 vehicles. It is part of the plan for the Tuscany Station subdivision submitted by Melrose Holdings 7 LLC, which also calls for 320 multi-family residences on 20 acres, 22 acres of single-family homes, 4.28 acres of commercial development, and 12.39 acres of misxed residential and commercial development. The Metra station would be part of the long-discussed extension of Metra’s BNSF line beyond its current terminus in Aurora, Ill., into Kendall County. That extension has yet to advance past the study stage.

 

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