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KCS announces speed increase in Louisiana

Kansas City Southern Railway Co. will increase train speed from 25 mph to 49 mph on 2.6 miles of track in Louisiana starting June 4, the Class I announced Monday.

The speed increase will occur along track between Major Parkway and Woodman Road in New Roads, La.

The maximum speed will be increased incrementally, starting with 30 mph on June 4, followed by 35 mph on June 11, 40 mph on June 18, 45 mph on June 25 and 49 mph on July 2, KCS officials said in a press release.

Faster train speed on the track segment was made possible by a major track rehabilitation, they said.

The railroad and Louisiana Operation Lifesaver officials reminded the community to practice safety around rail crossings and urged pedestrians to stay off railroad rights of way.

"Always expect a train," they said.

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