Friday, March 1, 2013

Troy Transit Center Update 2/25/13

Here's an update on the Troy Transit Center from the 2/25/13 Troy-Somerset Gazette...
In his monthly update to council, Troy’s Economic Development Specialist Glenn Lapin reported that construction is on schedule and on budget. There’s just one fly in the ointment, and that already brought anti-Transit Center voices to the microphone before last Monday’s council meeting was over.

The problem? In the past two weeks Canadian National Railroad (CN) has imposed a new safety requirement that will require the addition of a crash wall between the tracks and the west (Birmingham side) elevator tower (no wall is needed on the Troy side). The wall will provide added protection to the tower structure in the event of a train derailment. This new requirement has caused construction to stop as our Architectural/ Engineering team works to design a wall that will be acceptable to CN and meet the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) guidelines.
As mentioned in a previous post, Troy City Councilman Henderson had good news from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)...
Late breaking news is that MDOT will be providing funding that has already been allocated to this areas rail projects to the crash barrier... we are still waiting for details of the total additional costs.
Click here to read the entire article in the Troy-Somerset Gazette.

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