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Fayetteville Leaders Want To Move Train Routes To Ease Traffic Tie-ups

Posted September 20, 2000

— Trains and traffic do not mix. However, several times a day,CSX trainsstop Fayetteville drivers in their tracks. City leaders have a plan that will put an end to those types of traffic tie-ups.

Hay street is one of the city's major arteries leading into downtown, but traffic on the street comes to a standstill, clearing the way for CSX trains making their daily rounds.

"The intersection is horrible when the trains get backed up," says driver Clarence Bell.

For the past six years, the city has tried to get CSX to move its switching yard out of the downtown area. However, the city and the railroad never reached an agreement.

City leaders now want CSX trains to re-route its longer trains to Raleigh. Donna Davis says doing that would save her a lot of time.

"You sit there forever watching the clock so you're not late for work. It's very frustrating," she says.

CSX currently has no plans to re-direct its longer trains to Raleigh, but the city hopes it can reach some type of agreement to reduce traffic congestion downtown.


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