Sunday, March 16, 2008
Leucadia Pedestrian Tunnels: a terrible waste of money or wise investment?
Because we live in 21st century America the simple and affordable solution to moving pedestrians safely across train tracks is not an option.
In 21st century America we gotta dig deep.
From the North County Times:
The undercrossings are expected to cost about $5 million each, for a total of about $20 million.
Many in the audience noted that much cheaper ground-level at-grade crossings are used in other states and other countries. At-grade pedestrian rail crossings generally use automatic metal gates hooked to sensors in the tracks that only open when trains are not coming.
Russell Levan noted that at-grade crossings are much cheaper than digging under the rails.
"It just seems like a terrible waste of money at a time when there isn't any to be had," he said.
But Tognoli said the California Public Utilities Commission does not favor at-grade crossings because they do not separate pedestrians and trains. He said getting approval for ground-level crossings would be a long battle with no guarantee of success.
"If you want to have a project, this, realistically, is your only option," he said. source
Burning Question: $5 million bucks to get a human across four feet and eight-and-half-inches of train track?