CSX: No One Should Be Surprised By Speed Changes
Railroad company CSX says its plan to increase the speed of trains in Canton really shouldn't surprise anyone.
Earlier this week, the state transportation department said CSX 's decision to increase the speed of trains in the village from 25 to 40 miles per hour was forcing changes to their plans, as the state rebuilds Route 11. That means more money spent, and delays.
But in a statement, CSX tell 7 News the decision to increase the speed limit in canton was "consistent" with plans CSX laid out late last year. The company says it's increasing the speed limit now to make things easier on everyone, since CSX work in the village coincides with the state's.
Here's the full text of the statement sent to 7 News by CSX representative Bob Sullivan:
"While CSX continues to look into the matter, the decision to increase the speed limit for trains in Canton from 25 mph to 40 mph was consistent with the plan announced late in 2012. That announcement stated that CSX would be increasing speeds in the area between Antwerp and Potsdam. The decision to adjust the speed limit in Canton now, rather than later, was actually intended to reduce the impact of the work by doing at the same time the road work was underway, thereby avoiding any further disruptions or closures at a later time. We will work with NYSDOT to resolve the issues they have brought to our attention."
Friday, August 1, 2014, Watertown, NY