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Rail Safety is the Message

May 9, 2018

CTDOT PLACES ELECTRONIC SIGNS WITH RAIL SAFETY MESSAGES ALONG THE HARTFORD LINE CORRIDOR IN ADVANCE OF THE HARTFORD LINE RAIL SERVICE LAUNCH

Rail traffic between New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield will increase significantly even before the launch of the Hartford Line on June 16th .

On Wednesday, May 9, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced that it will place electronic signs which will display rail safety messages to drivers at street-level rail crossings along the Hartford Line corridor.

There will be a steady increase in rail traffic on the Hartford Line corridor throughout the month of June as the number of daily test trains will surge in preparation for the new Hartford Line service. The electronic signs will display messages that alert drivers to the increase in daily trains and remind them to obey traffic laws when navigating street-level rail crossings.

"With the increase in rail traffic, the Connecticut Department of Transportation wants to remind the public to obey the law at rail crossings. People may not always remember that trains cannot stop quickly. In fact, it can take a mile for a train to come to a complete stop. Drivers should never attempt to drive under or around a closing or closed gate at a street-level rail crossing," stated CTDOT Commissioner James Redeker.

This initiative is part of CTDOT's commitment to Operation Lifesaver - a national educational and awareness campaign around safety at railroad crossings.

For more information about the NHHS Rail Program click here. and and to learn more about the new CTrail Hartford Line passenger rail service, launching on June 16th, 2018, click here. .

 
 

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