Drivers asking for solutions on stopped trains

Drivers are asking the city about possible solutions to trains that sit longer than ten minutes.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 7:00 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Drivers on the south-side of Lafayette said they've become accustomed to trains stopped for nearly thirty minutes.

City officials are responding to driver's concerns.

"They know that we do not want those intersections blocked for no reason,” Mayor of Lafayette Tony Roswarski.

Roswarski said he has received calls with complaints about stopped trains.

"I do contact the railroad when I do get a complaint,” said Roswarski. “I let them know that I've got a complaint."

Roswarski said there is a statute that would allow the city to fine train companies up to $200. He said if people are seeing an influx in trains, there is a reason.

"Typically when the economy is good I'll get a few more complaints on trains blocking crossing,” said Roswarski. “When the economy is not so good I don't get any complaints on it."

Neighbor John Conner agrees with the mayor's explanation and he said it has gotten better.

"Train tracks now are not as bad as they used to be,” John Conner. “They had railroad relocation. So that helped out a lot."

Conner said after living near the train tracks for 40 years it is not necessarily the trains that are the problem.

"Truthfully, it is more impatient drivers than the train,” said Conner. “You know people are just rude."

Emergency crews have to also prepare for stopped trains. Mike Bayci with the Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service said ambulances are not affected.

"We have the ability through mapping software in our ambulances to re-route,” said Bayci.

Bayci said in the last three years their incident reports have not shown anything related to trains.

"There are issues in town related to train traffic,” said Bayci. “We have not seen it. It hasn't impeded our ability to care and we have ambulance crews strategically located to help address any of those issues."

Roswarski said the city is not looking to build a bridge in this area similar to the Twyckenham Boulevard Bridge.

He said he will continue to stay in connection with Norfolk Southern regarding stopped trains.

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