Faster freight cars coming to 3 metro cities

11:05 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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PLYMOUTH, Minn. - Freight trains in three metro cities are picking up their pace.

"We don't take these projects lightly even if it is only seven miles of track," said Ed Greenberg with Canadian Pacific Railroad.

Freight cars will soon increase their speed from 25 mph to 40 mph in Plymouth and from 20 mph to 40 mph in New Hope and Crystal. Railroad officials feel the changes will improve their overall efficiency.

"Safety is always a priority. It's how we do business," says Greenberg, who insists the increase in speed does not pose any new safety risks or noise issues.

The faster freight cars could actually be a benefit for motorists.

"Trains will clear crossings more efficiently and traffic flow will improve," says Greenberg.

The speed change will take place in late-January.

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