FRA Awards $5 Million to Improve Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road Crossings

VIrginia Road Crassing in North White Plains

Grade crossings along Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road service areas will see about $5 million in safety upgrades thanks to some federal grant money. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)has awarded the money to New York State Department of Transportation as part of a $25 million nationwide grant package. The money has been allocated to increase safety at railroad crossings, train stations, and tracks across the country. A total of 23 projects in 14 states and the District of Columbia received funding. FRA received 40 eligible applications requesting $67.5 million, nearly three times the $25 million that Congress provided in the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act that funds DOT.

“It is vitally important that we invest in safety as rail continues to play an increasingly larger role in this country, transporting tons of freight and millions of passengers each day,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These grants will help address some of the improvements that are crucial to ensuring safe, reliable and efficient railroad networks.”

The Railroad Safety Infrastructure Improvement Grants fund safety improvements to railroad infrastructure, including the acquisition, improvement, or rehabilitation of intermodal facilities; improvements to track, bridges, rail yards, and tunnels; upgrades to railroad crossings; and the separation of railroad crossings and roads.

“A safe railroad network requires continuous investment and upgrades,” said FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg. “These grants will improve safety at hundreds of railroad crossings and make important safety upgrades at stations across the country. This is an investment that is desperately needed – and I urge state DOTs to join the FRA in investing more in improving safety at crossings.”

FRA requested $520 million for competitive local rail facility and safety project grants as part of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal.

FRA awarded Fiscal Year 2016 grants to New York State Department of Transportation in the amounts below to the following to make improvements to:

$1.34 million to add highway traffic signal preemption to seven grade crossings on Metro-North’s Harlem and Port Jervis Lines in New York to activate the traffic signals at the intersections and allow queued traffic to exit onto the highway prior to the activation of the railroad grade crossing warning systems. The seven crossings are:

  • Cleveland Street (Vahalla)
  • Lakeview Avenue (Vahalla)
  • Stevens Avenue (Hawthorne)
  • Roaring Brook Road (Mt. Kisco)
  • Washington Avenue (Sloatsburg)
  • Contractors Road (Tuxedo Park)
  • East Village Road (Tuxedo Park)

$1.90 million to fund installing upgrades to three grade crossings to mitigate hazardous conditions between highway and rail traffic. The Metro-North Railroad project includes upgrading the roadway, pavement markings, and signage at a heavily used grade crossing in North White Plains. The Long Island Railroad project will improve two public highway grade crossings in Deer Park and Oceanside, N.Y., with preemptive safety equipment and undertake roadway/traffic control improvements. The three crossing are:

  • Atlantic Avenue (Oceanside)
  • Executive Drive (Deer Park)
  • Virginia Road (North White Plains)

$1.91 million to install CCTV cameras to record grade crossing movements at 43 identified grade crossings within Metro‐North territory in New York to investigate specific incidents and analyze crossing/traffic operations for targeted modifications to improve safety. Metro‐North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road will work separately as subsidiaries of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on this project. The 43 crossings are:

  • Commack Road (Deer Park)
  • Islip Avenue (Central Islip)
  • Straight Path (Wyandanch)
  • Stewart Avenue (Bethpage)
  • West Broadway (Hewlett)
  • Station Road (Bellport)
  • William Floyd Parkway (Shirley)
  • Glen Street (Glen Cove)
  • Jackson Avenue (Syosset)
  • Park Avenue (Huntington Station)
  • Cornwall Hill Road (Patterson)
  • Hudson Avenue (Peekskill)
  • Main Street/Route 311 (Patterson)
  • Manitou Road (Philipstown)
  • South Street (Pawling)
  • Bank Street (Wappingers Falls)
  • Main Street (Pawling)
  • Pirate Canoe Club (Poughkeepsie)
  • Corbin Road (Pawling)
  • Kitchen Road (Pawling)
  • Virginia Road (White Plains)
  • Wheeler Road (Wingdale)
  • Cleveland Avenue (Valhalla)
  • Pleasant Ridge (Wingdale)
  • Lakeview Avenue (Valhalla)
  • Dover Furnace Road (Dover Plains)
  • Commerce Street (Vahalla)
  • Mill Street (Dover Plains)
  • Stevens Avenue (Hawthorne)
  • Sinpatch Road (Dover Plains)
  • Roaring Brook Road (Mt. Kisco)
  • Furnace Band Road (Wassaic)
  • City Water (Mt. Kisco)
  • Station Road (Wassaic)
  • Green Lane (Bedford Hills)
  • Jay Street (Katonah)
  • Municipal Plaza/Ballard Road (Sloatsburg)
  • Brewster Highway (Brewster)
  • Washington Avenue (Sloatsburg)
  • Dykeman Road (Brewster)
  • School House Road (Tuxedo Park)
  • Towners Road (Patterson)
  • East Village Road (Tuxedo Park)