KCSR Slated to Increase Train Speed through New Roads, Louisiana

May 22, 2017

Kansas City, Mo., May 22, 2017.  Beginning Sunday, June 4, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) will increase train speed on 2.6 miles of track between Major Parkway and Woodman Road in New Roads, La. from 25 to 49 miles per hour.  The maximum speed will be raised incrementally, starting with 30 miles per hour on June 4, followed by 35 miles per hour on June 11, 40 miles per hour on June 18, 45 miles per hour on June 25 and 49 miles per hour on July 2.  The train speed increase over this track segment is made possible by a major track rehabilitation.  

For public safety, KCSR and Louisiana Operation Lifesaver would like to remind the community that as train speed increases, regardless of whether the crossing is public or private or what type of warning is in place, motorists and pedestrians are urged to always expect a train.  In addition, pedestrians are urged to stay off railroad rights-of-way.  Do not walk along the track or trespass on railroad rights-of-way and only cross the tracks at designated crossings.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.  Its primary U.S. holding is KCSR, serving the central and south central U.S.  Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal.  KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Contact: C. Doniele Carlson, 816-983-1372