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7/17/2001



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KCS closes crossings to eliminate collisions


Kansas City Southern Railway July 16 announced the closing of nine grade crossings in Wylie, Texas — bringing to 27 the total number of crossings the railroad has eliminated during the past 25 months.
KCS estimates that more than 100,000 annual train events — one train moving over one crossing — no longer will occur due to the closed crossings, increasing railroad and public safety.
The Class I is attempting to prevent crossing collisions through a variety of initiatives, such as consolidating crossings, better maintaining right of ways, training law enforcement personnel, coordinating programs with Operation Lifesaver and promoting public awareness.
KCS plans to close more than 60 additional crossings in the near future; the railroad's network contains 2,939 public, 1,879 private, 17 pedestrian and 580 grade-separated crossings.


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