Union Pacific to Increase Maximum Train Speed to 20 MPH Through Five-Mile Segment of Shreveport
pring, Texas.– To improve efficiency and safety, Union Pacific will gradually increase the maximum train speed by 10 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour through about five miles of track between Levy Street and W. 70th Street in Shreveport, beginning May 15.
Following Federal Railroad Administration regulations, the railroad will gradually increase the maximum speed limit for freight trains by five mph per week for two weeks until the new limit of 20 mph is reached.
This measure is expected to improve public traffic flow and grade crossing safety by increasing train traffic fluidity through the area. Statistics show that more highway-rail grade crossing collisions occur at slower train speeds. At the same time, slower train speeds can cause traffic delays as trains occupy crossings longer.
With public safety in mind, Union Pacific is notifying media outlets and has notified public officials about the upcoming changes.
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