Office of the Sheriff


Amtrak Train Speeds Increasing To 110 MPH Between Kalamazoo And Albion

Starting Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Amtrak trains will increasing their maximum speeds from 79 mph to 110 mph on selection portions of track between Kalamazoo and Albion.

That's 161 feet per second, and stopping distance is well over a mile.

Today's trains are quieter, faster, and always closer than you might think. Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists should use caution and cross at designated public crossings with a crossbuck, flashing red lights, or a gate. NEVER pass flashing crossing signals or go around lowered gates, and never walk on or near train tracks.

If there is a problem or emergency on or near railroad tracks, train dispatchers should be alerted immediately by contacting the railroad company utilizing the telephone number on the blue Emergency Notification Signs located at every crossing. Keep in mind it will take minutes to get the message through to the trains, and minutes and well over a mile for the trains to stop at these speeds.

Rail Safety 101 - Always expect a train.  Don't try to beat a Train.  Report problems to 911 or calling the ENS at the crossing.

Social distancing from the Trains - allow 15+ feet.

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2021

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office
1500 Lamont
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Emergency: 9-1-1
Administration: 269-383-8821
Non-Emergency Dispatch:  269-488-8911

Sheriff: Richard C Fuller
Undersheriff: James Vandyken