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Tri-Rail reports highest monthly on-time performance in more than a decade

The railroad logged the improvement after making repairs to remove speed restrictions.
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In February, 95 percent of Tri-Rail's trains operated on schedule — marking the South Florida commuter railroad's highest monthly on-time performance rating since December 2002.

The achievement came after the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) eased some speed restrictions that affected Tri-Rail's on-time performance. The agency was able to relieve the speed restrictions after making repairs on the corridor, said SFRTA Executive Director Jack Stephens in a press release.

The 72-mile Tri-Rail system is managed by SFRTA and operated by Herzog Transit Services Inc. SFRTA approved Herzog's $511 million operations contract in January 2017, according to the Miami Herald.

"We are delighted to finally provide our passengers with the level of service they desire and deserve," Stephens said. "[Herzog], our new operating contractor, brings decades of experience that they have gained from operating trains all over the country to our benefit."

Meanwhile, quiet zones have been established at five grade crossings on the South Florida Rail Corridor, where Tri-Rail operates.

The corridor is also used by Amtrak and CSX trains. The quiet zones went into effect March 1.

The trains' engine bells still will be rung when traveling over the crossings; however, engineers have the discretion to sound the horn only in what they perceive to be an emergency situation.

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