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UP to raise train speed limit in six Texas towns

Later this month, Union Pacific Railroad will begin increasing freight and passenger train speeds through six Texas cities. By April 11, freight and passenger trains will be allowed to move 70 mph and 79 mph, respectively, over the line compared with a current 60 mph.

Beginning March 28, UP will increase train speed five mph each week in Big Spring, Colorado City, Loraine, Roscoe, Stanton and Sweetwater, Texas. UP recently improved the line to accommodate higher speeds.

Earlier this week, UP increased train speed through Beaumont, Texas, from 40 mph to 60 mph; on March 20, the Class I will complete incremental speed increases through Sulphur, La., raising the maximum speed from 35 mph to 60 mph.

During the past few years, UP has increased train speeds in a number of communities after upgrading track and modifying grade-crossing signals.

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