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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Railroad operator Norfolk Southern Corp. plans to spend $2 billion in 2013 capital projects, some of it in Roanoke.
The Norfolk-based railroad previously described plans for $15.9 million of work in its Roanoke track corridor. The work, begun last year, is designed to permit train speeds to increase to 30 mph, twice the current rate, along the Roanoke segment of its north-south Crescent Corridor and east-west Heartland Corridor.
The project involves changing track positions to eliminate or reduce curves, new signals and other work to improve train flow. The railroad has said the project will not only speed up freight; it could expand use of rail as an alternative to trucks, which the railroad said will bring environmental benefits because trains use fuel more efficiently.
The railroad, with 20,000 route miles in 22 states and Washington, D.C., broke down its spending plan as follows:
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