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How to reduce crossing waits

Written March 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One little change in operations would reduce the number of traffic delays at Albany’s Queen Avenue railroad crossing, and thus cut down on complaints about long waits as well.


Queen crossing on state’s agenda

Written August 12th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon Transportation Commission is poised to approve a project to make Albany’s Queen Avenue railroad crossing safer and, for cars, smoother. But it won’t deal with traffic delays when the gates are down.


Queen crossing to remain bumpy

Written July 31st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s busiest railroad crossing on Queen Avenue will be improved for safety one of these days. But it won’t be soon, and when it’s done it will still be a bumpy ride for cars.


Closing a lane gets push-back

Written November 7th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Because it calls for losing a lane on Queen Avenue westbound, Albany City Council members Rich Kellum and Bill Coburn are pushing back against a proposal by ODOT-Rail to add more gates at the Queen Avenue railroad crossing.


Crossing concept draws objections

Written September 12th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

ODOT-Rail has an idea for trying to prevent people from going around the closed crossing gates on Albany’s Queen Avenue and getting run over by trains. It involves, among other things, eliminating one of the two westbound traffic lanes and might cost around $1 million in federal funds. At least three members of the city […]


Rail solution around the corner

Written September 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Once again waiting at the Queen Avenue railroad crossing in Albany last week, I was wondering — and who wouldn’t be? — about when the Portland & Western would finally begin to use its new track nearby. On Tuesday I got news from Kevin Haugh, the railroad’s general manager in Salem. And it sounded good.


No, the track’s not clear yet

Written May 24th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

So I’m sitting in a queue at the Queen Avenue crossing, one car back. Just when the switch engine looks like it’s about to clear the road so we can go, a Union Pacific freight barrels through on the track we can’t see, on its way south.


Albany issue: Signals to avoid delays?

Written September 19th, 2013 by

Everybody with a car in Albany has been delayed at the Queen Avenue crossing when the Portland & Western shunts freight cars back and forth to build trains. This was supposed to have become rare by now as the railroad expanded its Millersburg yard. But delays are still common. So how about this: How about signals […]


 
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