Railroad speed to increase through Plymouth
Canadian Pacific Railroad will adjust its track speed in three cities, including Plymouth, by the end of this month.
According to a news release from CP, the change is due to track upgrades between Crystal and Hammel. Maximum operating speed for trains traveling through the area will increase from 20-25 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour by the end of January 2013.
City specific increases:
Crystal – From 20 to 40 mph
New Hope – From 20 to 40 mph
Plymouth – From 25 to 40 mph
Hamel – Is currently 40 mph
The railroad reminds motorists of these precautions when approaching any grade crossing:
• Always be prepared to stop when approaching train tracks.
• Do not attempt to drive around activated crossing gates.
• If a crossing has no flashing lights or gates, look both ways and ensure no trains are approaching before entering the crossing.
• It takes 1 to 1.5 miles for a train to come to a stop after the brakes are applied.
• If your car stalls on the tracks, get out, move off the tracks and call 911.
• Never walk on the railroad tracks; the only legal place to cross a railroad line is at a marked grade crossing.
Residents may contact CP Railroad with questions at 800-766-7912 (toll free) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on rail safety, visit the Operation Lifesaver website at oli.org.