News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 9, 2012

Rail line to raise train speeds through IU, Bloomington

The Tribune-Star

BLOOMINGTON — Indiana University students and Bloomington commuters will notice increased trains speeds beginning just after midnight Oct. 15 on the Indiana Rail Road Co. line that cuts through the IU campus and the city, according to a company news release.

In the wake of a multi-million dollar investment and upgrade of the railroad right-of-way through Bloomington — including new rail, crossties and drainage improvements — Indiana Rail Road will increase the speed limit to 25 mph from the 10 mph limit that has been in place for many years.

Since the rail road began in 1986, it has spent $150 million of its private capital to create a “state-of-the-art, heavy-haul infrastructure,” said Tom Hoback, Indiana Rail Road founder, president and chief executive officer. “Our improvements in Bloomington represent an important step forward in terms of moving freight more efficiently,”

The most notable benefit for Bloomington residents and IU students, according to the news release, will be the reduced amount of time required for trains to pass the at-grade vehicle and pedestrian crossings in town. It takes a mile-long train six minutes to pass a grade crossing when running at 10 mph. At 25 mph, a train of the same length will pass in just over two minutes, the company said.

The rail company has “No Trespassing” signs along the right-of-way, a reminder that the rail line is private property and not to be used as a public thoroughfare.

“All we ask of students and local residents is to look both ways before crossing the tracks, do not trespass on or alongside the railroad as it is private property, and never, ever try to beat a train to a crossing,” said Hoback.

The Indianapolis-based Indiana Rail Road Co. is a privately held, 500-mile railroad based in Indianapolis. The company hauls the equivalent of more than 800,000 truckloads of consumer, industrial and energy products each year.

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