Union Pacific to Increase Maximum Train Speed on Portions of Rail Line From Harlingen to Odem for Efficiency and Safety
Spring, Texas, June 29, 2007 To improve efficiency and safety, Union Pacific will gradually increase the maximum train speed on certain portions of the rail line through Harlingen, Los Fresnos, Kingsville, Bishop, Driscoll, Corpus Christi and Odem from 10 miles per hour to 49 mph, beginning June 29.
Following Federal Railroad Administration regulations, the railroad will gradually increase the maximum speed limit until the new maximum is reached near the end of August.
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.
With public safety in mind, Union Pacific is notifying media outlets and has notified public officials about the upcoming changes.
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