TRAFFIC BRIEFS

TRAFFIC BRIEFS

BN May Open System

To More Private CarsKANSAS CITY, Mo. - Burlington Northern Railroad is working on plans to raise the number of privately owned grain hopper cars it allows on its system.

The plan would open BN's system to 1,000 additional grain hoppers until Dec. 31, said Harry Baldaccini, an official in the equipment and service section of the carrier's agricultural section. BN said the details of the plan have yet to be worked out.

Md. City Feels Impact

Of Tanker Truck Spill

BELTSVILLE, Md. - About 70 homes were still evacuated early Tuesday, more than 10 hours after a tanker truck overturned on Interstate 95 near Washington and spilled a variety of chemicals, authorities said.

The accident, which occurred just before the afternoon rush hour on Monday and caused at least 200 homes to be evacuated, also forced Maryland authorities to close part of the highway. No injuries were reported.

Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Tony Destefano said crews were trying to separate the contents of the truck, which must be done before the cleanup is completed and the stretch of interstate can be opened.

The accident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on the southbound lanes of the highway.

Calif. Transit

Additions Approved

OAKLAND, Calif. - They're still cheering in California. Last week the Metropolitan Transportation Commission gave final approval to a $2.1 billion package to build four Bay Area Rapid Transit extensions and run commuter

trains on the peninsula.

The MTC said the $2.1 billion package would shape the future of San Francisco Bay area transit for at least 15 years. But all the cheering won't drum up money for the project, the nine-county commission said.

Under the plan, Peninsula CalTrain commuter service would be extended from downtown Oakland to San Transbay Transit Terminal.

BART would be extended from Daly City to about a mile from the San Francisco International Airport and further extended from Concord to west Pittsburg.

But if Contra Costa County does not approve a half-cent sales tax, BART would be extended only to North Concord. Other BART extensions would stretch

from Hayward to Dublin and from Fremont to Warm Springs near the Santa Clara County line.

Detours Will Affect

Interstate Near Seattle

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Westbound Interstate 90 near East Mercer Way on Mercer Island will be closed two nights this week and all day Saturday to allow crews to remove the remainder of the old East Mercer Way overpass, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights, westbound I-90 will be closed near the East Mercer Way overpass while crews remove the surface of the old bridge deck. Westbound traffic will be routed off I-90 at the East Mercer Way exit, then re-enter I-90 at the East Mercer Way on-ramp.