Train traps neighbors in their community

(Source: WGCL)

CBS46 is investigating complaints of some residents in southwest Atlanta where they say everyday a freight train blocks their path of an intersection.

At the intersection of White-Hall and Murphy, in the Adair Park neighborhood, neighbors say every morning a train stops on these tracks for an hour and sometimes as long as a day.

"Luckily it's not slowing down today, so fingers crossed, the is where the praying comes into mind," says Jalesa Reid.

This metaphysical gift designer is also a mom who deals with trouble on these tracks just about every morning walking her one year old and four-year-old to daycare.

"We actually do have some parents that cross, jump over the train or try to cross through the train while it's parked there and it's really a huge risk that you don't want to take, you know," says Reid. " The issue is the train stops at the intersection and it makes it impossible to cross and it's a huge inconvenience. You have to walk all the way around to get where you're trying to go."

CBS46 is told that walk-around the stopped train is as long as 15 to 20 minutes to the next intersection.

"I've been here six years. I've been calling for the last two or three years so it's been a horrible, horrible problem," says Janaya Keaton.

Keaton says her complaints to Norfolk Southern and CSX have fallen on deaf ears.

"Does this happen in other parts of the city? No, I've actually done the research, no it doesn't," says Keaton. "Why do you think it just happens here? I think it's because of the demographics and socioeconomics."

The president of the Adair Park Today Neighborhood Association says CSX has promised a meeting.

"We get up and we go to work six or seven o'clock in the morning like every other area, like every other population and demographic in the city and we need to bot be trapped in our neighborhood."

A Norfolk Southern spokesperson told CBS46 the following:Norfolk Southern and CSX plan to meet with the Adair Park Today group to discuss their concerns in early May. I understand that GDOT and the City also are looking into options to address this issue.

We strive to keep our trains moving, but the amount of rail traffic traveling through Atlanta and across the state is steadily increasingly due to shippers choosing to move goods by train vs. truck. And since we can't predict the schedules when customers need to ship goods, there are times when some crossings are blocked.Copyright 2018 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

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