Thirteen more trains could zip through Johnson County every day going twice as fast as residents are used to if a joint venture between two railroad companies gets federal approval.
Two or three trains currently travel the Louisville & Indiana Railroad’s tracks on a direct north-south route from Indianapolis to Louisville each day at speeds of up to 25 mph. The rail line runs just east of U.S. 31 through Southport, Greenwood, eastern Whiteland, Franklin, Edinburgh and other Indiana cities and towns until the line ends in Louisville.
The Jeffersonville-based railroad has applied for federal approval to partner with a national, publicly traded train transportation company to overhaul the rail line and increase train traffic. If approved this year, construction could begin in 2015. Johnson County officials are concerned that more trains and faster speeds could cause safety problems at road crossings and bring more noise to neighborhoods near the tracks.