CSX to increase speed on rail tracks
Drivers in Kingston will soon have a shorter waiting time at highway-rail intersections according to the latest announcement by CSX transportation. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the company's plans and how locals are reacting.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Rail trains will soon be moving through Kingston at a rate twice as fast. CSX transportation announces its doubling the maximum speed of its trains to 30 miles per hour through the city.
“I think it’s better because the faster it gets past the faster you get to go where you have to go,” said Betty Quinones, a Kingston resident.
CSX says that’s the whole idea. The speed increase will reduce traffic congestion around highway-rail intersections and improve the efficiency of rail operations, but the policy is getting some mixed reactions from the public.
“In some cases it’s a good thing, in others it may cause more problems,” said Nicholas Torres, a Kingston resident.
This announcement falls on the heels of a recent accident where a young man lost an arm and a leg and underwent a series of surgeries when he was hit by a train. Just a few months ago another man was killed when he was hit, raising a cause for concern.
“If they speed up the trains through here it’s going to be dangerous. Seen in the past few years all the people who’ve gotten hit by trains,” said Jack Bechtole, a Kingston resident.
A retired CSX train engineer says trespassing on railroads remains an ongoing issue in the city. He says while he believes the increase speed to be a plus for CSX and local motorists. He issues a warning for those walking where they shouldn't.
“Stay off the tracks. Stay off, stay away and stay alive,” said Lewis Casey, a former CSX railroad engineer.
The affected portion spans about three miles long and includes seven public crossings. The speed increase will begin February 5th.