Canton Official Warns Of Dangers With Faster Trains


Canton Village Trustee MaryAnn Ashley says an increase in train speeds through the community represents a dangerous situation, especially should a derailment involving hazardous materials occur.
CSX has increased its train speeds from 25 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour and that has affected the slope of the East Main Street railroad crossing.

The change in design plans is delaying the village's $10 million Main Street reconstruction project and will also increase the project's cost.

Ashley says CSX is in violation of a local ordinance and is concerned the company never notified the village of the speed change.
"We would have probably liked to have the conversation with CSX providing that our current code only allows for 25 miles per hour. So the fundamental question is - we have a local law and CSX is clearly in violation of that law," said Ashley.
The village attorney is drafting a letter to CSX requesting it reduce train speeds back to 25 mph.

CSX did not return our calls for comment.

See our earlier report

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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