Trains to speed up in Fayetteville

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April 30, 2010 3:37:51 PM PDT
The sound of a train horn and crossing gate bells is dreaded by many in Fayetteville. It means another train is slowly winding its way through downtown, and it means frustrated drivers have to sit and wait.

"They need to go a little bit faster because they're taking up everybody's time. I got to get to work at 11 o'clock and I'm going to be late today," said resident Dalicia Mott.

Mott is about to get her wish. CSX Transportation plans to speed up trains moving through the city. Beginning Monday, freight trains on the main line will increase speed from 25 to 35 miles per hour.

"I think it's a good idea. Why sit here wasting gas all this time when if they improve it, it's better for everybody I think," said Leland resident Jim Myer.

The news gets even better a week from now. That's when the trains will run through the downtown area at 40 miles per hour.

"Well I think that as long as the, as long as the tracks themselves, can handle the weight and the speed, I think that's very important for safety. That's most important right? And that the public get educated on it," said Leland resident Dick Faucher.

CSX says about 45 trains travel through Fayetteville's main line every day. That includes six Amtrak passenger trains.

All of the train crossings in the downtown area have been upgraded. The signals will be timed with the train speeds, so motorist will have the same amount of warning when the train is approaching.

The railroad company hopes the change will make trains move quicker through downtown Fayetteville and shorten the time drivers have to wait.

"Well it's great. I grew up in Fayetteville and I like the trains. So, it's kind of tradition. But, that's a good idea," said resident Ann Knight.

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