Posts Tagged ‘trains’

Over the last several days, there have been a number of trains that have blocked the crossing grades at Ann Arbor Trail, Lilley Road and Main Street for, quite literally, hours at a time. It’s out-of-control. It’s not just an inconvenience. These trains keep us from getting to businesses in the city.

Guess what. There’s not a damn thing the city can do about it. Railroads are governed by federal law and cities and states cannot fine them for blocking crossing grades. Plymouth tried this years ago and the local ordinance was struck down.

CSX shoulld be more cognizant of the needs of the people in the areas where its lines run. CSX should be a more thoughtful part of this community.


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Merry Christmas citizens of Plymouth (and surrounding areas.) After nearly two years, the Sheldon Road-M-14 underpass is open.  What a relief!

No longer will we have to drive through the middle of the City and/or Old Village to get to Northville or northwestern Livonia. If there are trains running through the middle of town, we can finally head under them at Sheldon Road.

My daughter went to school in Northville for two years and most of that time, our commute to school had to go through town due to  the underpass construction.  I can’t count how many times she was late for school because of trains.  Even when we started the trip with plenty of time to spare, trains (or the resulting backup) could take 10, 15 minutes or more to clear.  It was a headache, a maddening, soul-chomping commuter’s nightmare.

I can’t wait to use the underpass.  I think I’m going to drive it today just to do it, just for the hell of it.

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