Train runs added for area lines under new CSX agreement


Motorists wait for a train at the railroad crossing along Stop 18 Road. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

If motorists think they are stopping for more trains, even before a proposal to add more and faster trains to a local railroad line has been approved, they are right.

The Louisville & Indiana Railroad, which runs more than 21 miles through Johnson County, has added two trains each weekday to its schedule. The trains were added before the railroad got approval from a federal board to add trains at higher speeds. But that approval wasn’t needed to add the two trains, officials said.

Two CSX Transportation trains now carry vehicles from Louisville to Indianapolis each day. The trains are allowed on the line due to a track-sharing agreement CSX has with the Louisville & Indiana Railroad and must obey the 25 mph speed limit, according to Mike Stolzman, president of the Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co. CSX recently decided to start sending a morning and late-afternoon train on the tracks in the county to decrease congestion on other rail lines the company uses, he said.

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