Sunday, December 4, 2011

No additional train traffic expected in Grand Island

Every day, about 125 trains pass through Grand Island — 65 on the elevated BNSF rail line and 60 on the at-grade Union Pacific tracks, according to officials with the respective railroads.
Despite ongoing multimillion-dollar rail-line upgrades, neither railroad reports that more trains will be coming through Grand Island as a result.
Todd Kuhn, BNSF engineering manager, told the Grand Island City Council on Tuesday that a $90 million improvement through Grand Island that started this year will result in no new rail traffic. Instead, the improvement will relieve a 10-mile bottleneck that exists through the city. Continued

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