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Indiana mayor says he'll fight faster trains

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 7:58 am

MUNCIE — A central Indiana mayor says he's going to fight a railroad's plans to double the speed of freight trains going through his city to 60 mph.

CSX announced Monday it would start the faster trains through Muncie on Jan. 1. The company says the speedier trains will address longtime complaints about rail crossings delays and improve the efficiency of rail operations.

Mayor Dennis Tyler tells The Star Press that railroad officials didn't tell him about their decision. Tyler says 60 mph trains through the city wouldn't be safe and that he intends to enforce the city ordinance limiting train speeds to 40 mph.

CSX and Norfolk Southern run dozens of trains through the city daily, including a line that bisects the city just south of its downtown.