Canadian Pacific Railroad Increases Speed Through Plymouth
Trains will be moving faster through Plymouth as the railroad attempts to improve efficiency and traffic flow.
The Canadian Pacific Railroad plans to increase its track speed in three cities: Plymouth, Crystal and New Hope.
In Plymouth, speeds will jump from 25mph to 40mph. Track speeds will go from 20mph to 40mph in Crystal and New Hope.
Canadian Pacific spokesman Ed Greenberg told the Star Tribune the reason for the speed increase is to improve traffic flow at crossings and to improve shipping efficiency. Greenberg says the increase in speed coincides with track improvements made in the three cities.
Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavik says the city has no say in the railroad’s decision, and expects to hear from concerned residents when the changes go into effect.
"I have a feeling that there will be some concern over the increase in the speed limit," Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavik told the Star Tribune. "There are homes not too far from the tracks, and we have several crossings in Plymouth as well, so I expect people will have some concerns as far as safety goes."
Canadian Pacific sent a notice to the three cities effected. Aside from mentioning the speed increase, the notice included these safety tips for motorists:
- Always be prepared to stop when approaching train tracks.
- Do not attempt to drive around activated crossing gates.
- If a crossing has no flashing lights or gates, look both ways and ensure no trains are approaching before entering the crossing.
- It takes 1 to 1.5 miles for a train to come to a stop after the brakes are applied.
- If your car stalls on the tracks, get out, move off the tracks, and call 911.
- Never walk on the railroad tracks. The only legal place to cross a railroad line is at a marked grade crossing.
The speed changes will go into effect at the end of January.
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