Railway on track to cut traffic
firstname.lastname@example.org February 24, 2012
The changes will mean fewer delays for motorists waiting for trains to clear tracks and fewer nights of sleep interrupted by trains heading in or out of the Great Western Industrial Park just east of town.
But first the company needs to find the money.
The Windsor Town Council agreed earlier this month to act as the lead applicant for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant would provide Great Western affiliate OmniTrax, which manages the short-line railway, with the dollars it needs.
Part of the plan includes constructing a three-track switching yard inside the industrial park, moving the yard from its current location within town limits.
Doing so would reduce rail-related congestion in Windsor by 50 percent, according to Mike Ogborn, managing director of OmniTrax.
At the moment, the majority of the problem occurs near the intersection of Highways 257 and 392. A bypass constructed with the grant money would help ease the issue, Ogborn said.
Rail traffic has been on the rise in Windsor over the past five years, according to
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