CSX making repairs, increasing train traffic in Hagerstown

October 17, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - An official from CSX Transportation told the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday that crews from the railroad would make permanent repairs to the Oak Hill Avenue railroad crossing sometime next year.

Jason French, director of public affairs for CSX Transportation, also said Hagerstown can expect to see two more trains rolling through the city six days a week to accommodate increased business at a new terminal in Chambersburg, Pa.

He said CSX crews within the last few months made long-term fixes to railroad crossings at Walnut Street and Northern, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Summit avenues.

The crossing at Oak Hill Avenue was repaired during that period as well, but the fixes were only temporary and have to be upgraded next year, he said.


The fix at the Oak Hill Avenue crossing will involve laying a rubber base to make the tracks more resilient, French said.

He reassured the council that CSX is doing its best to fix the crossings in Hagerstown. With 835 crossings in Maryland, repair crews are stretched thin, French said.

"Our engineering teams are working around the clock," he said.

To improve efficiency, French told the council that CSX is considering increasing the speed that its trains travel on the north end of town from 25 mph to 35 mph or 40 mph.

After the council's work session, he said increasing train speeds is only a proposal at this point and, if implemented, shouldn't create safety risks.

French was invited to speak to the council by City Engineer Rodney Tissue.

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