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Freight trains to move faster through Cary

Posted March 12, 2009

— CSX Transportation plans to increase the speed of freight trains traveling through Cary.

Company officials said Thursday that, beginning March 23, trains will travel at 45 mph. CSX trains now travel at 35 mph through Cary.

Faster trains will reduce wait times for drivers at rail crossings on Academy Street, Harrison Avenue and Dixon Street, officials said. The move also will improve the efficiency of rail operations, they said.

Each of the three crossing s is equipped with gates and flashing lights.


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  • Skywatch_NC Mar 12, 2009

    Increase in speed = even worse vehicle/train collision results ...you'll still have your rushed motorists, going around gates, etc!!

  • Kelbad1 Mar 12, 2009

    Wow. Here in Benson they can now do between 75-79 mph rollin' through town. Those signals start flashing you better stop!!

  • shutterbug Mar 12, 2009

    The Railroad is interstate therefore local speed limits do not affect them if they decide to exceed them. Probably had more to do with the track conditions. Recently they raised the speed limit in Dunn from 45 to 60 and in Benson from 55 to 70. That's how I know about the speed regulations.

  • Trivr Mar 12, 2009

    Good. Why were they limited to 35mph anyway? Was that a city regulation? Did the rail fight for this? Who brought about the change? Just curious.

  • Timbo Mar 12, 2009

    "the same goes for Apex and a lot of other places."

    'cept Apex's downtown is nicer.


  • Piny tek Mar 12, 2009

    Bout time!

  • freddie cadetti 72 Mar 12, 2009

    I'm surprised they allow trains with box cars of different colors. Oops...sorry, CSX, they'll be calling you "to require a neutral tone consistant with the landscape".

  • 8675309-9 Mar 12, 2009

    the same goes for Apex and a lot of other places.

    Cary residnet of 20+ years here, and I am fine with the trains flying through here. Just annoying they had to close some streets down to do it!

  • Timbo Mar 12, 2009

    Wasn't for the railroad, there wouldn't be a Cary.