Friday, November 21, 2014

Louisville Kentucky, The City of Louisville and Anchorage Continue to Endanger The Lives of Citizens

Louisville Kentucky, The City of Louisville and Anchorage Continue to Endanger The Lives of Citizens

As most of you know I am a cancer patient...The City of Louisville and the incorporated city of Anchorage continues to allow trains to block a main intersection that is essential should elderly residents need emergency medical attention.

I spoke to an Anchorage police officer today who stated it is a "federal issue" and the local government officials continue to lie, stonewall and essentially bull shit the issue at every turn. The law according to local government states no more than 20 minutes UNLESS there is an emergency of some type...This issue has plagued this community for decades. No local media seems interested and local politicians as mentioned could not care less.

I am continuing to fight this battle and local councilman Glen Stuckel appears to be stonewalling my efforts at every turn. Good luck with that Glen....You will need it. I have requested a meeting with Mr. Stuckel and the Mayor and to no avail. The bottom line is Ford Motor switches cars in this area and as one of the largest employers in the city they get whatever they want. The pending tragedy would be that emergency vehicles would have to detour should some of the elderly residents be in need of immediate attention and thus cost valuable time and potential loss of life.

My intention is to now attempt to file suit against not only Mr. Stuckel but the City of Louisville and Anchorage...This is a long way from over and local news media needs to be aware of the inherent dangers that this blatant disregard for the law will have on the residents of this city.

This clearly shows that a train blocking an intersection longer than 20 minutes is not working in good faith with local government or the residents where said intersection exists...


Are there laws that regulate how long a train can block a road crossing?
Ken Little
StarNews


“No local ordinance exists that governs the length of time that trains may occupy road crossings. However, CSX makes every effort to minimize the time that we interrupt motor vehicle traffic,” says Gary Sease, spokesman for the national freight carrier.
In an informational fact sheet about the topic, the Federal Railroad Administration states it “does not regulate the length of time a train may block a grade crossing.”
The reason?
“A federal law or regulation limiting the amount of time a grade crossing may be blocked could have the undesirable effect of causing a railroad to violate other federal safety rules such as when a train must be stopped to comply with regulations requiring that air brake tests may be performed,” the FRA fact sheet states.
FRA safety rules do address standing or idling trains that unnecessarily activate grade crossing warning devices such as flashing lights and gate arms. The federal rule specifically prohibits standing trains, locomotives, or other rail equipment from activating warning devices unless it is part of normal train movements or switching operations.
“As such, the rule makes clear that the reality of railroad operations sometimes require that trains stop in the approach circuits that activate warning devices even though the train is not occupying the crossing itself,” according to the fact sheet.
The FRA recommends that railroads “work cooperatively with state and local officials to eliminate or minimize the impact of blocked crossings wherever possible.”
The Uniform Vehicle Code, a comprehensive guide designed to help states develop standard motor vehicle and safety laws, suggests that trains not block crossings for more than five minutes. The FRA says that a majority of states place some restrictions on the amount of time a highway rail crossing can be blocked, “but in no case does it exceed more than 20 minutes.”
The FRA Web site is www.fra.dot.gov
According to state law, a motorist approaching a railroad grade crossing with a flashing signal, lowered crossing gate or evidence of a railroad train approaching within 1,500 feet must stop their vehicle within 50 feet, but not less than 15 feet, from the nearest rail of the railroad.