OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific Railroad will increase train speed from 10 mph to 40 mph through multiple grade crossings in Salt Lake City, Utah, beginning on Nov. 2.
The crossings include 1800 North Street, 3rd North Street, 4th North Street, 6th West Street, 8th West Street, 9th West Street, 10th West Street and 2nd South Street.
Recent track improvements on this section of track permit operating at higher speeds. Union Pacific has raised train speeds through several communities across its rail network over the last several years following track improvements and has found that not only do the trains operate more efficiently, but motorists are not stopped at the crossings as long.
“Union Pacific has been pleased to work with Salt Lake City and numerous other partners in bringing about a win-win outcome for all parties in this project,” said Scott Moore, vice president – public affairs, Western Region. “The Grant Tower realignment will enable Union Pacific trains to pass through downtown Salt Lake City at 40 mph, rather than 10 mph, enhancing the fluidity of the railroad and improving efficiency and convenience for Salt Lake City residents.”
The change is expected to improve public traffic flow and grade crossing safety as statistics show that more highway-rail grade crossing collisions occur at slower train speeds.
— Special to Railfanning.org News Wire