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Amtrak wants drivers to prepare for increased train activity

Amtrak wants drivers to prepare for increased train activity


BARRY: NORTHAMPTON’S DAMON ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING IS ONE OF THE MOST HEAVILY TRAVELED CROSSINGS IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. 22NEWS REPORTER SY BECKER FOUND OUT TODAY AMTRAK WILL SOON TRIPLE THE NUMBER OF TRAINS RUNNING THROUGH THAT CROSSING…. 4 SECONDS OF TRAIN APPROACHING FULL SOUND UP SY BECKER: TEN THOUSAND DRIVERS USE NORTHAMPTON’S DAMON ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING EVERY DAY. THOSE DRIVERS CURRENTLY ENCOUNTER ONLY TWO TRAINS A DAY FROM SPRINGFIELD TO GREENFIELD AND BACK. BUT ALL THAT IS ABOUT TO CHANGE REQUIRING INCREASED DRIVER AWARENESS FOR THE NEW AMTRAK VALLEY FLYER SERVICE.. RICHARD: WITH CHANNEL 22’S HELP MANY MORE PEOPLE WILL SEE IT, AND BE AWARE THAT WE’RE GOING TO GO FROM TWO TRAINS A DAY THAT GO TO VEERMONT TO AT LEAST SIX.. SY BECKER: AMTRAK AND NORTHAMPTON POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS SPENT MUCH OF THURSDAY AFTERNOON DISTRIBUTING INFORMATION PACKETS TO DRIVERS TO PREPARE THEN FOR THE INCREASED TRAIN ACTIVITY WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. THEY’RE CALLING DRIVERS ATTENTION TO THE BLUE AND WHITE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM SIGN AT THE CROSSING. .. ROBERT: RIGHT NOW WE’RE RUNNING TEST TRAINS AT NIGHT WHICH ARE RUNNING FROM 11PM UNTIL 7AM AT SOME POINT IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE SY BECKER: WITH TRAIN TRAFFIC TRIPLING IN SEPTEMBER, AMTRAK AND MASS D-O-T REMIND DRIVERS THE TRAINS COME THROUGH THE CROSSING AT FIFTY MILES AN HOUR.. THEIR NORMAL TRAVELING SPEED IS SEVENTY NINE MILES AN HOUR.. AT THE DAMON ROAD CROSSING IN NORTHAMPTON ,SY BECKER 22NEWS

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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