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Trains will soon begin be moving faster through Bloomington.
A multimillion dollar investment on its right of way allowed the Indiana Rail Road Company to weld rails together and make the railbed smoother. That, in turn, lets freight travel faster.
Indiana Rail Road Company Public Policy Analyst Eric Powell says the rails will also be much quieter.
“Since the track structure is in better condition, we thought it would be better for everybody if we increased the speed somewhat,” he says. “It will allow trains to get to get through town much more quickly.”
Higher train speeds also pose more risk for Indiana University students, whose campus is traversed by the rails. The railroad has invested in “no trespassing” signs, in hopes they’ll keep pedestrians from walking on them.
Powell adds walkers and cars alike will also see shorter wait times at crossings when the higher speeds take effect.