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Trains speeds to increase on Alabama freight line

Drivers should see lower wait times at certain railroad crossings in Montgomery, Troy, Ozark and Dothan.
The driver was making a U-turn at a railroad crossing and got stuck. (Source: file photo)
The driver was making a U-turn at a railroad crossing and got stuck. (Source: file photo)
Published: May. 22, 2019 at 3:51 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Drivers should expect lower wait times at certain railway crossings across central and southern Alabama starting on June 1.

CSX Transportation Inc., announced the speed limit on its line of freight trains from Montgomery to Waycross, Georgia, will increase from the current speed of 25 mph to 40 mph.

CSX announced that they authorized the speed of freight trains on its line from Montgomery, AL...
CSX announced that they authorized the speed of freight trains on its line from Montgomery, AL to Waycross, GA to increase from 25 mph to 40 mph.(CSX Transportation, Inc.)

According to CSX, track and signal improvements have already been made to allow for the safe increase in train speeds in accordance with federal regulations.

Troy, Ozark and Dothan are some of the other Alabama communities along the line that will be impacted by the change.

Besides the lower wait times for drivers, CSX says these operational changes will enhance capacity along this corridor, which improves connectivity for manufacturers, farmers, marine ports and other contributors to the area’s economic growth.

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