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Issues with train passing through city of Troup

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POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 5:58pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 6:02pm

For years, the train has been a headache for the city of Troup. There's been a couple times where the train stopped on the main crossing for almost an hour.

"This is ongoing, I've lived in Troup all my life and I remember as a little boy waiting for the train to move so I could get to school," said Troup mayor Bill Lacy.

The biggest problem the city of Troup has with the train system, is their sporadic stops.

"When your trying to take the kids to school or trying to get to work and the train is blocking you or your at your lunch break it's very frustrating," said Mayor Lacy.

"This has been happening for years. If you come through town, you know you're going to have to wait on one side of the track or the other so you usually try to do your business really early in the morning or late in the afternoon," said Troup resident Pam Kidd.

Mayor Lacy and the city council knew this needed to change.

"We know the train has to go through Troup. We just want the train to stop stopping, stop the stopping," said Mayor Lacy.

Mayor Lacy said it's the number one complaint in their city. They even got Rep. Louie Gohmert involved. They set up a meeting with Union Pacific and pointed out the problem. Union Pacific said changes will be made.

"Our interest in keeping the trains moving is just like the communities interest. We want to make sure our trains our moving so we can get from point A to point B and I know the community wants to make sure our trains are moving so they don't cause any blockages," said spokesperson for Union Pacific Jeff DeGraff.

"I think its great to get the problem solved and work together, this should have been done years ago," said Kidd.   

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