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UP track upgrades again factor into faster Louisiana trains


Union Pacific Railroad June 4 announced plans to increase train speeds through Livonia, Erwinville, and Port Allen, La., beginning June 10.
The railroad would boost speed 5 mph each week over two weeks until its trains reach 40 mph June 17; trains currently operate at a maximum 30 mph between Livonia and Port Allen.
UP’s trains had been restricted to the current speed limit due to operational and track constraints, but the railroad over the past several years spent $5.7 million to upgrade track between Livonia and Port Allen.
UP continues to raise train speeds in various communities across its system after modifying grade-crossing signals and upgrading track. The railroad sped up trains in Sedalia, Mo., Sept. 15, 2000; in nine communities between Topeka and Salina, Kan., Oct. 16, 2000; in Central City, Neb., Oct. 20, 2000; and between Alexandria and Avondale, La., Jan. 24, 2001.