Editorial: Rail improvements good for economy

Waiting for a freight train to pass through a Jackson County crossing can be frustrating for many motorists. But the problem would be ameliorated somewhat by improvements to the tracks through the county, which would allow the trains to move more quickly and thus clear the crossings faster.

The Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co. wants to partner with another railroad company to replace tracks and a bridge so trains can increase their speeds from 15 or 25 mph up to a possible 49 mph and allow train cars that carry heavier loads. Traffic on the tracks could then go up from about six trains per day to 17.

Drivers would stop more frequently at railroad crossings and hear the horns more often as the trains carrying plastic pellets, automobiles, grain, lumber and other freight pass by neighborhoods.

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