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June 28, 2021

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John Dunn

Reflecting further on the subject, a vehicle that happens to be on the tracks at the moment an oncoming train has been detected needs to be removed from the tracks as quickly as possible. The present gate configurations allow two possible escape paths where a dual gate configuration would provide only one path and that one path might obstructed.

A dual arm gate arrangement is maybe not such a good idea after all. It would be better to just eliminate the grade level crossings altogether.

That was actually done in Bellmore, NY where Newbridge Road crosses the tracks of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). When I first came to that location back in 1969, that intersection was a grade level crossing with a crossing gate. The track was later elevated.

End of peril.

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