railroad http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Did St. Louis Leaders Let Its Greatness ‘Slip Away?’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/did-st-louis-leaders-let-its-greatness-slip-away <p>When it comes to successfully or unsuccessfully governing and managing communities, leadership decisions can make or break a city or region.</p><p>St. Louis has been cited as a city “that let greatness slip away over the 20th century.”&nbsp; That’s the contention of Colin Gordon, Professor of History at the University of Iowa, in his book, <em>Mapping Decline…St. Louis and the Fate of the American City</em>.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:35:21 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25060 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Did St. Louis Leaders Let Its Greatness ‘Slip Away?’ Law Enforcement, Rail Industry Team Up To Promote Safety Near The Tracks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/law-enforcement-rail-industry-team-promote-safety-near-tracks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the arrival of spring, there's typically an uptick in accidents near railroad tracks.</span></p><p>This afternoon law enforcement teamed up with the rail industry in an effort to raise awareness of the issue. &nbsp;</p><p>Police focused on monitoring traffic at two crossings in the metro east, stopping drivers who neglected to yield when a train was approaching.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:38:44 +0000 Tim Lloyd 24903 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Law Enforcement, Rail Industry Team Up To Promote Safety Near The Tracks Union Pacific says hunting near tracks may be deadly http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/union-pacific-says-hunting-near-tracks-may-be-deadly <p>Union Pacific Railroad is urging hunters to resist the temptation of hunting near railroad tracks.</p><p>The company says its tracks often run through newly harvested farm fields that attract wildlife. That can make railroad property attractive to hunters, but it's also a good way to get hit by a train.</p><p>It can take engineers a mile to stop, so they can't do much to avoid hitting someone on the tracks.&nbsp; Railroad cars hang out about three feet beyond the sides of the tracks, making it easy for someone standing near the tracks to be clipped by a car.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:47:25 +0000 The Associated Press 4636 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Union Pacific says hunting near tracks may be deadly Durbin urges railroads to do more inspections http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-urges-railroads-do-more-inspections <p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is urging railroad companies to conduct frequent track inspections to prevent rail derailments resulting from heat-related track buckling.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Illinois Democrat&#39;s remarks during a Sunday press conference come as investigators continue to examine the cause of a July 4 train derailment that killed two people.<br />&nbsp; Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:49:59 +0000 The Associated Press 4161 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin urges railroads to do more inspections MoDOT wants input on $1.3 billion rail plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/modot-wants-input-13-billion-rail-plan <p>The <a href="http://modot.gov/">Missouri&nbsp;Department of Transportation (MoDOT)</a>&nbsp;wants public input on a $1.3&nbsp;billion plan for improving and expanding rail service across the state.</p><p>The 20-year plan covers both passenger and freight service.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>Passenger service recommendations include&nbsp;more round trips between St. Louis and Kansas City and pursuing new passenger routes across Missouri.&nbsp; Those could include&nbsp;new<a href="http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/HomePage"> Amtrak </a>routes&nbsp;from&nbsp;St. Louis&nbsp;to Springfield,&nbsp;Kansas City&nbsp;to&nbsp;Springfield,&nbsp;Hannibal to Quincy, Illinois, and Kansas&nbsp;City to Omaha, with a&nbsp;stop in St. Joseph. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 01:58:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3521 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MoDOT wants input on $1.3 billion rail plan