- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

ELKTON, Va. (AP) - Norfolk Southern Railway is taking public comment on a proposal to install five positive train control towers in eastern Rockingham County to make train travel safer.

The railroad’s Director of Public Relations Susan Terpay tells the Daily News-Record (https://bit.ly/1SbgMYI ) that the 60-foot towers would be installed in 2017 and 2018.

The public’s input is being sought to address the potential impact the towers could have on historic properties in the proposed installation areas.

Resembling flagpoles, the positive train control towers are mandated by the federal Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to try to automatically stop a train under certain conditions such as train-to-train collisions and excessive speed.

According to the Association of American Railroads, some 60,000 miles of the nation’s railroad network must have the towers installed by Dec. 31, 2018.


Information from: Daily News-Record, https://www.dnronline.com

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