Statement issued Wednesday:
FORT WAYNE, IND. – To expedite the movement of freight trains through Ft. Wayne, Norfolk Southern is raising train speeds between the city and Ft. Wayne International Airport from 30 M.P.H. to 50 M.P.H. for freight trains and 60 M.P.H. for intermodal trains. The at-grade public crossings on this line segment affected by the speed increase are Engle Rd., Sandpoint, Rd., Lower Huntington Rd., McArthur Dr., Barefield Expressway, and Ferguson Rd., The track speed increase will be implemented in 10 M.P.H. increments over the next three weeks, beginning on Monday, June 28. The higher speeds will be in full effect on July 12.
The warning devices at the six crossings have been adjusted to properly activate when the faster moving trains are approaching. Norfolk Southern operates an average of 30 trains daily on this line segment. 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.
Motorists are reminded to obey railroad crossing signals and warnings and to use caution when approaching all highway-rail grade crossings. Operation Lifesaver, www.oli.org, is a public education program to end collisions, deaths, and injuries at highway-rail crossings and on railroad property through a nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety. Operation Lifesaver state coordinators are available to make presentations to community groups, school children, bus and truck drivers, and others who live or travel near train tracks.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a leading North American transportation provider. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.