Man killed by Northstar commuter train

Strib: Man killed by Northstar commuter train Man killed by Northstar commuter train By BOB VON STERNBERG, Star Tribune Last Update: September 1, 2010 – 10:32 AM A railroad worker was killed in Anoka County early Wednesday morning when he was hit by a Northstar commuter train. It was the first fatality — and first […]

Time for overpasses on Hiawatha?

I noted this morning the 7th fatality due to the Hiawatha LRT (making it much more dangerous than bus) Pedestrian killed by LRT Is it time for overpasses? When Hiawatha Avenue was controversially rebuilt in the early part of this decade, it was decided not to build a freeway, so it is 4 lanes rather […]

Hiawatha takes another life.

Light-rail train hits, kills man in south Minneapolis “It was the second death at the 46th Street Station, and the fifth along the full line since light rail started running in 2004. In August 2006, a bicyclist was killed after crossing diagonally through the rail arms and flashing lights.” Nationally reported fatalities on (rail?) transit […]

Safety is a shared responsibility

A shared space street in Bern, allowing only bikes, pedestrians and transit. http://pedbikesafetyinternationalscan.blogspot.com/2009/05/shared-space-street-in-bern-allowing.html

In the constant exhortations to pedestrians around cars and trains, we hear “Safety is a shared responsibility“. This of course is true. Many crashes are the product of a chain of failures. The driver was too fast for conditions. The driver did not pay attention. The pedestrian did not pay attention. Someone else did not pay attention and […]

Bus vs. LRT Crash Externality

From Strib 1 critically hurt in LRT crash Coverage here as well. “In the five years of the Hiawatha light-rail line, five people have died in crashes, with none of the deaths on a train. The only one to involve a car was in September 2004, when an 87-year-old man who drove under the crossing […]