JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – CSX Transportation has announced that the authorized speed of freight trains on its rail line between Antwerp and Potsdam increased from 25 mph to 40 mph effective at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 7.
The affected portion of the line, about 40 miles, includes 37 public at-grade highway-rail crossings. The track is approved for the 40 mph speed limit consistent with Federal Railroad Administration standards. The speed increase will help reduce wait times for motorists at highway-rail intersections and improve the efficiency of rail operations.
Local representatives of Operation Lifesaver (www.oli.org), a nonprofit organization that provides public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings, continue to work to raise safety awareness at road-highway intersections. To arrange for a free safety presentation, call 1-877-TellCSX (877-835-5279).