JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - May 22, 2019 - CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) announced today that the authorized speed of freight trains on its line from Montgomery, Ala. to Waycross, Ga. will increase from the current speed limit of 25 mph to a maximum of 40 mph at multiple locations effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 1, 2019.
The speed increase will help reduce wait times for motorists at highway-rail intersections and improve the efficiency of rail operations. Track and signal improvements have been made to allow for the safe increase in train speeds in accordance with federal regulations. The number and average length of CSXT trains will vary depending on rail freight volumes.
These operational changes will enhance capacity along this corridor, improving connectivity for manufacturers, farmers, marine ports and other contributors to the area’s economic growth. Communities impacted along the line include: Troy, Ala.; Ozark, Ala.; Dothan, Ala.; Thomasville, Ga.; Quitman, Ga. and Homerville, Ga., among others.
Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to always obey railroad crossing signals and warnings and to use caution when approaching all highway-rail grade crossings. A train can come from any direction at any time, so “stop, look and listen” before proceeding through an open crossing.
Operation Lifesaver, a nationwide public education program to promote awareness of safe behavior at highway-rail crossings, is available for safety presentations to community groups, school children, bus and truck drivers and others who live or travel near train tracks. To schedule a presentation, contact your local Operation Lifesaver state coordinator in Alabama at www.alol.org and in Georgia at www.georgiaol.org.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact TellCSX at www.csx.com/tellcsx.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 230 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).
Sheriee Bowman, Media Relations