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Rural train crossing to get safety upgrade

If the Feds weren't dirty de-icing B-4 trains rolled through would be mandatory.

The signals give 25 seconds warning (don't trust them) that the $10 crossbucks we paid the railroad $500 for don't.

Somebody tell me why these railroad thieves aren't in prison for fraud pricing on these $40,000 projects!!!

http://www.cityoflewisville.com/main/...
6’ x 8’ STEEL BUNGALOW, with GCP UNIT and SEARII Reporting Unit, with Modules & Program required to control warning devices as shown, Chargers & Battery necs., etc $ 54,217.00
FLASHER & GATE SIGNALS, with 12” LED Lights, All Aluminum Gate Arms, LED Gate Lights, Signs, Bells, with any side lights as per State Specifications. $21,316.00
SIGNAL GROUND MATERIAL, Foundations, Underground Wire & Cable, Guard Rails, Multi Shunt Boxes at approaches, Track Connectors, Bond Wires, wiring materials, etc. $ 21,677.00
Freight Charges $ 4,361.00
10% Material Contingency Fee $ 9,721.0
PROJECT MATERIAL, Cover Rock or Fill Material necessary, 220 Volt AC Service Pole, Directional Boring with 4” PVC Pipe as determined by Railroad, etc. $ 34,000.00
MATERIAL SUB TOTAL = $ 1 4 5 , 2 9 2 . 0 0

KCS LABOR with Additives, all Signal Dept. Personnel required for Administration, and for Field Installation, testing and cut-over as directed by the Signal Engineer. 12d $ 40,777.00
EQUIPMENT CHARGES, for Signal Dept Pickup Trucks, Backhoes, Boom Trucks, etc. $ 12,285.00

KCS PERSONAL EXPENSES, for all Signal Dept Personnel $ 6,230.00
CONTRACT ENGINEERING, for Layout Design, Quote Plans, Material Lists, Layout Plans & Estimate, Shop Wiring & Field Construction Plans as directed by the RR (JaKay) $ 17,500.00
CONTRACT ACCOUNTING, Project Cost Tracking System through the life of the project, Completion Reports and assist Accounting with Final Billing preperation. (BHS) $ 5,000.00
UTILITY COORDINATION, arrangements for new electrical service, relocation of utilities, arrange for rock & fill material, project coordination as directed by the RR (JaKay) $ 3,500.00
FIELD INSTALLATION CONTRACTOR, to provide equipment & personnel as required by the KCSR Field Installation Bid Request package for the signal installation. NO CHARGE
LABOR SUB TOTAL = $ 8 5 , 2 9 2 .0 0

$ 230,584.00

September 5, 2012 at 9:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dangerous crossing

The state and railroad sleep together. If they put signals in before the court dealings are over it would make both look bad. The railroad will even use Mitch as a witness on how fine this crossing was.

These crossing signals aren't really that reliable if the truth was really known. Many deaths are covered up. I don't know who owns the property on the approach but even with signals the sight triangles need opened for 79 mph track speed and whatever the road speed limit is. The state/Feds/ railroad need jailed on 1,000's of homicides for not making sight lines mandatory.

March 8, 2012 at 11:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dangerous crossing

http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/Proje...

Also search BNSF ---Union Pacific ---crossing

$35,000,000 RF-0019-01 Rail JO
Burlington Northern Santa Fe RR, Intermodal Facility

Kansas know that BNSF is owned by Warren Buffetts $50 BILLION or so?

Or $92,000 in Hope Ks. to close a unused crossing that the tracks had already been cut and road paved over? $8,000 to inspect the job. Geez the media needs to expose this thievery!!!

March 8, 2012 at 11:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dangerous crossing

http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/Proje...

Also search BNSF ---Union Pacific ---crossing

$35,000,000 RF-0019-01 Rail JO
Burlington Northern Santa Fe RR, Intermodal Facility

Kansas know that BNSF is owned by Warren Buffetts $50 BILLION or so?

Or $92,000 in Hope Ks. to close a unused crossing that the tracks had already been cut and road paved over? $8,000 to inspect the job. Geez the media needs to expose this thievery!!!

March 8, 2012 at 11:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dangerous crossing

http://www.douglas-county.com/online_...

Is it legal for the state to extort the county for their railroad buddies?

March 8, 2012 at 11:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dangerous crossing

J-W Editorial staff. Do a FOIA to the state for this Federal statute to see where OUR crossing equipment goes on closed crossings/ upgraded crossings.

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/...
(3) The State and FHWA shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to inspect materials recovered by the railroad prior to disposal by sale or scrap. This requirement will be satisfied by the railroad giving written notice, or oral notice with prompt written confirmation, to the State of the time and place where the materials will be available for inspection. The giving of notice is the responsibility of the railroad, and it may be held accountable for full value of materials disposed of without notice.

March 8, 2012 at 12:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dangerous crossing

BNSF is really weak in shareholder proposals. For a $100 bucks you can make a proposal for the poooor railroad to put in gates and go to Ft. Worth and call the brass paying themselves millions what they really are. I always wondered if the media did this if the railroad would take their video recorders and tape recorders away while they have their studio grade recording equipment running like they did me.

When I asked for a copy one of the funny named officers said "This is for us". "I is us" I said. Never did I receive a copy.

March 8, 2012 at 12:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parents, county press for safer railroad crossing

How many Amtrak passengers are going through these blind death traps? Some of the private crossings along this stretch Big Foot would have a time getting over. Couple of nice overpasses on these roads Kansas. Do you realize how much we have spent to raise these overpasses so the pooooor BNSF can run double stack rail cars?

February 26, 2012 at 3:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A steep hill and trees make trains hard to spot at this railroad crossing along East 950 Road northw

How many passengers on the Amtraks through here? Do they know of all the pathetic sight obstructed crossings with no signals down this stretch? The private crossings with humps the users need Big Foot to get across? Couple of nice overpasses Mitch. BNSF like it that you made them high enough to double stack their rail-cars on the tax-payers millions.

February 26, 2012 at 8:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parents, county press for safer railroad crossing

http://www.olatheks.org/publicworks/r... There were at least SEVEN sets of gates stolen in Olathe by BNSF on these projects alone. $0 for the equipment that was removed by the railroad under the other contract and moved here. How's that for pricing?

Close the crossing does nothing but make it more dangerous for pedestrians, 4-wheelers--bicycle riders---motorcycles---horse back riders by human nature will still cross the open tracks with no train horns sounded. But wait what do vehicles hit when sliding down the hill --- the 2X4s blocking the road and right out into the train tracks which will automatically hang them up since the crossing surface is gone.

How much the railroad paying PR people these days?

February 25, 2012 at 6:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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