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The Pittsburgh Vertical Clearance Project and How it Will Affect You

The purpose of Norfolk Southern’s Pittsburgh Vertical Clearance Project (PVCP) is to raise existing vehicular and pedestrian bridges to accommodate double-stacked trains along a 20-mile route from McKees Rocks to Braddock and thereby increase rail capacity between New York/New Jersey and Chicago. The project will enable the railroad to profit from the current expansion of … Continue reading The Pittsburgh Vertical Clearance Project and How it Will Affect You

Pittsburgh Vertical Clearance Project Map

The black, or ‘Pittsburgh’, line depicts the proposed double-stacked route. The orange, or ‘Mon Line’, shows where double-stacked trains run currently. The callouts are the pinch points where Norfolk Southern wants to raise the vehicular bridges and the roads leading up to the bridges. Norfolk Southern justifies the need for adapting the Pittsburgh Line through … Continue reading PVCP Map and Affected Bridges

How the Southside Works Solved their Double-Stacked Problem

When the Southside Works was under construction, the railroad agreed to bury their rail line. They increased the vertical clearance inside the 1,600 linear-foot-long stretch of the tracks, relocating utilities, improving drainage, and removing overhead structures near both tunnel portals. Look how beautiful! This might be an option to cover the trough and ‘heal the … Continue reading How the Southside Works Solved their Double-Stacked Problem