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KCS upgrades crossings, installs CTC to speed up Texas trains

On Sept. 1, Kansas City Southern plans to increase train speed through Greenville, Texas, from 20 mph to 40 mph after completing track and crossing improvements.

In partnership with the state, KCS upgraded several crossings with gates and constant-warning equipment to notify motorists that a train is approaching at least 20 seconds before it arrives at a crossing.

The railroad also upgraded some crossings' flashing lights and gates, and installed Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) with electric power switches. Power switches will help the Class I reduce the time a train occupies a crossing, according to a prepared statement.

To be controlled by KCS' Shreveport, La., dispatching center, CTC is designed to automatically verify track integrity and switch alignment — helping improve public safety, the railroad said.

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