CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) announced last week that the authorized speed of freight trains on its line from Montgomery, Alabama, through Donalsonville and all the way east to Waycross, Georgia will increase from the current speed limit of 25 mph to a maximum of 40 mph at many 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 also increase and 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. In addition to Donalsonville, communities impacted along the line include Montgomery, Troy, Ozark, and Dothan, Alabama and Bainbridge, Thomasville, Valdosta, and Homerville, Georgia, 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.gaol.org.
Community members with questions are encouraged to contact TellCSX at www.csx.com/tellcsx.