2013-02-19 / Front Page

Train company refutes Brunswick traffic calculations

BY JT LEONARD
Times Record Staff

BRUNSWICK

The company that owns the railroad tracks is balking at a town request to establish horn-free zones, citing what it says are flawed calculations of how many trains and cars pass through the intersections.

Pan Am Railways — which owns the tracks the Amtrak Downeaster and other trains use for travel — reviewed and rejected a notice from the town saying it intends to establish no-train-horn zones at crossings from Stanwood Street through Park Row.

In a Jan. 18 letter to the town, Pan Am says it refutes the Federal Railroad Administration’s formula for calculating traffic at crossings.

“We are not suggesting that Brunswick did anything incorrectly with the calculation,” according to a letter from Pan Am Railways chief engineer Ted Krug. “We wish to express our dissatisfaction with the FRA Quiet Zone cal- culator for ... a flaw in its methodology.”

The town is waiting for a response from the Federal Railroad Administration.

Town councilors are scheduled to discuss the issue during their meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Brunswick Station.

Councilors also will consider potential changes to the Village Review Board’s jurisdiction regarding demolition of historic buildings.

They may also set a March 4 public hearing date regarding resumption of discussion with Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority about tax increment financing districts, or TIFs, at Brunswick Landing.

One such TIF already exists, at Mölnlycke Health Care.

Two more are proposed: One would encompass the airfield; the other would envelop 542 acres of Brunswick Landing’s commercial and industrial districts.

jtleonard@timesrecord.com

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