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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

‘Significant delays’ expected for weeks during Aquarena Springs overpass construction

Ongoing construction of a new railroad overpass will continue to pinch Aquarena Spring Drive from five lanes to two between Interstate 35 and Texas State University through late March.

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Derailed: Union Pacific puts brakes on Austin-San Antonio commuter rail

Union Pacific will no longer consider rerouting its Central Texas freight traffic to make way for commuter rail between Georgetown and San Antonio, quite possibly killing the decade-old effort to build a regional rail transit system.

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Police rescue Mexican immigrants from freight train inferno

WITH VIDEO | Ten Mexican immigrants rescued by local police from inside a broiling freight train railcar on Monday are in the custody of federal officials after being treated for life-threatening dehydration.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Union Pacific declines to prosecute teen hit by train

Union Pacific Railroad officials have decided not to press trespassing charges against a man who was hit by a train April 8 near the Charles Austin Drive crossing.

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

New Braunfels man struck by freight train

A 20-year-old man was struck by a freight train early Saturday as he apparently sat or slept on Union Pacific railroad tracks in New Braunfels, police say.

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Train strikes big rig near New Braunfels cement plant

WITH INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC | A man escaped with non-life threatening injuries Friday afternoon after he unsuccessfully attempted to beat an oncoming freight train across the tracks at Krueger Canyon Road.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

With construction underway, ‘quiet zone’ could soon silence train horns

Turning dirt on an awaited project that will muzzle blaring horns as freight trains pass through San Marcos, a contractor has begun building raised medians where Posey Road crosses over a pair of Union Pacific railroad tracks.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

City nearing agreement with UP on railroad quiet zones

Seven years after the city council first dedicated capital improvement funds for the effort, the railroad quiet zone project could be completed within a year, said Janae Ryan, the city engineer overseeing the project.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Pedestrian hit by train dies

A 20-year old San Marcos man identified as Tyler Rhein Schobert died Tuesday after being struck by a train on a track near the 600 block of E. Hopkins Street in San Marcos.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Pedestrian struck by train near Hopkins Street

San Marcos Police are investigating a collision involving a pedestrian and a train that sent an unidentified man to University Medical Center-Brackenridge Tuesday afternoon.

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