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BUCKEYE CROSSBUCK SIGN IMPROVES DRIVER VISIBILITY AT CONRAIL'S RAILROAD CROSSINGS IN OHIO

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The citizens of Ohio received an early holiday present today as a new railroad crossing warning sign was unveiled at Alton and Darby Creek Road.
 The improved sign is the result of a collaborative effort among Consolidated Rail Corporation (NYSE: CRR), the Ohio State Department of Transportation, and numerous highway and rail safety experts.
 The idea for the improved highway signage came from a Conrail locomotive engineer, Martin Joyce. On a routine run, he noticed that when a standard railroad crossbuck sign was placed at an angle, the headlight of the locomotive was more visible to motorists. He brought together members of Conrail's Labor-Management Team, state officials and experts in highway and rail safety, and the first changes in over 100 years were made to the familiar "crossbuck" sign.
 The result was the "Buckeye Crossbuck" that will be installed at Ohio crossings beginning today. "On Conrail's behalf, I can think of no greater gift than this," said James A. Hagen, Conrail's chairman, president and CEO. "The cooperation between the private and public sectors, combined with the initiative and innovation by our Labor- Management Project team, have brought about one of the most significant highway grade crossing safety improvements in over 100 years."
 Ohio Governor George Voinovich has supported the initiative from the start and recently signed the legislation that will require installation of the new sign at half of the crossings in the state.
 ODOT's director, Jerry Wray, said, "The safety of motorists on Ohio's highways is a top priority of the Voinovich administration, and that is why we are extremely supportive of the new Buckeye Crossbuck. This new crossbuck is symbolic of the changes Governor Voinovich wants undertaken by ODOT to meet the needs of our primary customers, Ohio's motoring public."
 The sign improvements have also received major support from rail labor unions, in particular the United Transportation Union International president, G. Thomas DuBose.
 Conrail operates a rail-freight transportation network in 14 Northeastern and Midwestern states, the District of Columbia, and the Province of Quebec.
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