Digest: Springfield Terminal receives $16.9 million grant

News Wire Digest second section for Sept. 22: West Virginia town to sue NS over bridge; NTSB issues report on derailment death of UP employee
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Tuesday afternoon rail news:

The Springfield Terminal Railway has received a $16.9 million award for infrastructure and grade crossing improvements in Maine as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant program. Grants continued to be announced on an individual basis by local politicians. The Penobscot Bay Pilot reports the grant to Springfield Terminal will fund replacement of approximately 75 miles of rail and 55,000 ties, as well as upgrades to 72 grade crossings and improvements on five bridges.

Bluefield, W.Va., to sue Norfolk Southern over closed roadway bridge
The city of Bluefield, W.Va., plans to sue Norfolk Southern over the closure of a bridge connecting the community’s east end and north side with the downtown area. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the City Board of Directors has instructed City Attorney Colin Cline to file suit over the Grant Street Bridge, which has been closed since June 2019, citing a lack of communication from the railroad. A 1940 agreement with the city requires the railroad to maintain the bridge’s steel superstructure and masonry supports; the city says its last contact with the railroad was in July. The newspaper says that with the bridge closed, residents are forced to use a narrow, hazardous road which increases response time for emergency vehicles.

Track problem led to UP fatality, NTSB says
A loose, improperly fastened rail joint led to the death of a Union Pacific employee in a single-car derailment in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2017, the National Transportation Safety Board says in a new accident report. A contributing factor was the designation of the track where the derailment occurred as excepted track, which the report says “allowed inadequate track conditions to exist on track used regularly.” The 48-year-old crewman was killed when cars were being shoved into a track at the Great Southwestern Yard in Arlington.


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