Wrong side of the tracks - Council member discusses problems on Union Pacific tracks in Elk Grove

During the Wednesday, October 12, 2022, Elk Grove City Council meeting, District 3 Councilmember Kevin Spease requested a meeting with Union Pacific Railroad. The rail operator has two tracks through the city, one of which frequently has malfunctioning gates and stopped trains.

With large and growing populations on the east side of Elk Grove, frequent gate problems and slow-moving trains could affect emergency medical services. Spease's colleagues agreed to request a meeting with Union Pacific Railroad, as well as emergency personnel from the Cosumnes Fire Department to address the ongoing track problems experienced by Elk Grove motorists on the wrong side of the tracks. 

Spease's comments can be viewed in the video. 


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Atticus Finch said...

I'll be curious to see what comes of this, if anything between the City and UP. Another significant cause of traffic congestion is the horrible timing of the traffic lights. It's a simple fix that the traffic engineer can implement that would cost very little, mostly staff time. Have you ever noticed traveling down Laguna/Bond Rds, EGB, EGF, Sheldon Rd, Bruceville Rd, virtually all of the main arteries, the light will change red for no reason? Or it stays red long after the turning traffic has departed. Moreover, a light will turn red just so a single car can turn onto the main artery, stopping the flow of traffic. The stoplights in EG need to be reprogrammed to facilitate better traffic flow.

Renegade said...

I realize the RR was here first, owns the property their lines run along and have just about unlimited power; power to tell the City of EG to go pound sand if they so decide. It is also a prime example of poor planning by the city not to have an overpass (other than at Grantline Rd) connecting the freeways, and therefore hospitals, fire houses and police to the east side of town when cases of train derailment, train stoppage or as video shows, malfunctioning RR gates stop travel access.
If it hasn't happened yet, these issues will eventually be a factor in the death of a citizen.
Overpasses are incredibly costly, but the benefit of lives saved must certainly outweigh such cost, especially if it's your loved one that bears the cost. Hopefully, the city and the RR can work together to somehow mitigate the hazard created by our poor planning.

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