Digest: Jupiter, Fla., seeks fencing along Brightline route

News Wire Digest fourth section for Nov. 16: Rail engineering, cybersecurity firms create center for rail security; UP tracks in Oregon blocked briefly when structure blows onto tracks
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Still more Monday morning rail news:

Jupiter, Fla., requests fencing along Brightline route

Jupiter, Fla., is asking Brightline to erect fencing along its right-of-way in anticipation of the start of Miami-Orlando service, which is projected to begin in 2023. The Palm Beach Post reports the city and passenger operator have looked at fencing the Pine Gardens North and Pine Gardens South neighborhoods, and Brightline is interested in fencing in an industrial area around Cypress Drive, but Jupiter would like to see substantially more fencing. The city, about 18 miles north of West Palm Beach, also seeks to create quiet zones in the community, a lengthy process that will be aided by grade-crossing improvements already in progress.

Engineering, cybersecurity firms create 'Center of Excellence' for rail companies
Egis Rail, an engineering group based in France, and Israeli rail cybersecurity service Cylus have joined to create a Center of Excellence to support rail companies worldwide in cybersecurity efforts. The center will help identify cyber risks, detect and respond to incidents, and otherwise support cybersecurity efforts. “Joining forces enables us to provide our customers unique domain expertise, as well as cutting-edge cybersecurity know-how and best practices,” Olivier Bouvart, executive director, rail of Egis, said in a press release. Cylus CEO Amir Levintal said, “This partnership strengthens our capabilities to provide end-to-end support to rail organizations in meeting the specter of cyber threats. … We are certain that this partnership will drive the rail industry towards a cyber-safe future.” More information is available here.

UP line in Oregon blocked briefly by structure on tracks
You know it’s windy when a railroad line is blocked because a building blows onto the tracks. It happened Friday in Tangent, Ore., 7 miles south of Albany, ore., when the Union Pacific line was closed for a short time at midday when a prefabricated metal structure was blown onto the tracks. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports the incident was called in to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 11:36 p.m., and by 1 p.m., personnel from the structure’s owner, Pacific Landscaping Services, and the railroad had cleared the tracks. UP spokeswoman Kristen South told the newspaper that five UP employees assisted with removal of the structure and that no UP trains were halted or delayed by the incident.



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