Faster Trains Signal New Business But Worry Some In Linton

Increasing train speeds in Linton are a harbinger of new business, but some residents worry for the safety of children used to slower-moving trains.

Linton Train Crossings

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Upgraded tracks will lead to faster train speeds through Linton.

Both trains and traffic should soon begin moving a little more quickly through Linton. A recently completed renovation of train tracks there will allow for trains passing through the city to travel at 40 miles per hour, up from the current 10 miles per hour.

Indiana Rail Road Company Spokesman Chris Rund says the increase in speed is a result of the company’s increase in business.

“We have to move trains over the railroad faster than we have previously, so we are upgrading our infrastructure and making significant capital investments over the next five years to help improve train velocity and our capacity to handle more freight,” he says.

Rund says the new speed limit will also help reduce traffic congestion and decrease the amount of time emergency vehicles are stopped at crossings. Despite the fact train safety group “Operation Lifesaver” has sent representatives to Linton to offer safety tips, Linton resident Rich McGowan, who lives next to a major crossing, says he believes his neighborhood is about to become a lot more dangerous.

“You have kids that live south of this train intersection, and I see them all the time coming across that track, coming to the store here, or up into town,” he says.

McGowan says many children simply ignore the warning signals. City officials say they recently received a grant to help pay for new warning signs and markings on the roads. The speed increase will be gradual, with trains traveling the full 40 miles per hour by November.

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