Train Crossing Is On Private Property; Land Owners Would Have To Pay For Gate

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Residents in Stamford are again pushing for a gate to be installed at a train crossing that was the scene of a collision on Monday.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, there are warning bells and flashing red lights but no drop gate at the train crossing at Riverbend Drive South near Hope Street in Stamford.

Residents said the train crossing needs better safety measures.

“It’s absolutely about time. It should’ve been done years and years ago,” one woman told Adams. “It’s very dangerous. There should be a guard that comes down.”

On Monday, a Jeep was clipped by a New Canaan-bound Metro-North train coming through. That was the fourth such accident at the train crossing since 2008, Adams reported.

The driver, a 19-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

The crossing is on private property owned by the Riverbend office complex. The gate would have to be paid for by the property owner.

Two other crossings in the office park have gates, the Stamford Advocate reported.

Metro-North has said it will install a gate if the land owners fund the project.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has said it is willing to front the money but that it would have to be reimbursed, Adams reported.

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