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Trains going to get a bit faster in Iowa City

An Iowa Interstate Railroad train crosses 1st Avenue in Iowa City on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.  (Matt Nelson/The Gazette)
An Iowa Interstate Railroad train crosses 1st Avenue in Iowa City on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. (Matt Nelson/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Iowa City residents might notice trains moving through town at a faster clip than they’re used to seeing.

The Iowa Interstate Railroad on Wednesday announced that, due to infrastructure improvements and the elimination of the use of a yard speed within the city, the railroad plans to increase the operating speed of trains through Iowa City from 20 miles per hour to 25 mph. The change will begin Sunday.

The 20 mph speed is used for trains preparing to stop frequently in train yards, according to a Wednesday news release.

Increased train speeds will be most noticeable by pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists looking to cross the tracks, as the wait time for approaching trains may be reduced.

“Drivers are reminded to always yield to approaching trains, and pedestrians and cyclists should use caution when crossing tracks as approaching trains move faster than they appear. Stay alert around railroad tracks, as cellphones and headsets can distract from the sound of an approaching train,” the release states.

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