Kansas City, Mo., August 19, 2014 – Effective September 1, The Kansas City Southern Railway
Company (KCSR) will increase train speed on portions of its line from Gulfport to Hattiesburg from 25
miles per hour to 49 miles per hour. The exceptions where the speed will not increase include KCSR yard
limits on either end of the line, inside the city limits of Wiggins and the line south of I-10.
In addition, the train speed on this line will be affected as follows:
· From Gulfport, train speed will remain 25 miles per hour until the lead locomotive passes Morton
Road in Saucier northbound, at which time the train speed may increase up to 49 miles per hour.
· At Perkinston, train speed will remain 25 miles per hour until the lead locomotive passes Third
Street at Perkinston southbound, at which time train speed may increase up to 49 miles per hour.
· At Wiggins, train speed will remain at 10 miles per hour until the lead locomotive passes MS 26
southbound, at which time train speed may increase up to 25 miles per hour and when the lead
locomotives passes Davis Avenue northbound, the train speed may increase to 49 miles per hour.
· At McLaurin, train speed will remain at 25 miles per hour until the lead locomotive passes
Dunkly Street southbound and Carter Road northbound, at which time the train speed can
increase up to 49 miles per hour.
· At Hattiesburg, train speed will increase from 10 to 20 miles per hour from Tatum Industrial Drive to Barkley Road.
The increase in train speed over these track segments is made possible by a major track rehabilitation
effort that will enhance economic development opportunities in the region.
For public safety, KCSR and Mississippi Operation Lifesaver would like to remind the community that as
train speed increases, regardless of whether the crossing is public or private or what type of warning is in
place, motorists and pedestrians are urged to always expect a train. In addition, pedestrians are urged to
stay off railroad rights-of-way. Do not walk along the track or trespass on railroad rights-of-way and only
cross the tracks at designated crossings.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a transportation holding company
that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is KCSR, serving
the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico,
S.A. de C.V. serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico
and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean
freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic
alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial
centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.