Federal Grants Go To Improve Rail Crossing Safety In HV, Metro Area
Congressional lawmakers from the Hudson Valley Wednesday announced grants to improve rail crossing safety in the New York metro area. They hope the improvements will help prevent tragedies like the February 2015 Metro-North crash in Valhalla.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey says the more than $5.1 million in Federal Railroad Administration grants will go toward three projects. First, more than $1.3 million grant will be used for seven grade crossings on Metro-North’s Harlem and Port Jervis Lines, addressing traffic at intersections. As part of the second project, some $1.9 million in upgrades will be made to three grade crossings to mitigate hazardous conditions between highway and rail traffic, including at a grade crossing in North White Plains. And Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says the third grant will provide more than $1.9 million to install cameras to record grade crossing movements at 43 grade crossings within Metro?North territory.