Waco, TX: UP’s crossing closure angers local businesses

18 Nov

Citing safety concerns, the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) recently closed a passive level crossing giving access to the Waco Stockyards. Now the affected businesses are arguing that the unilateral closure has forced them to use an inferior route unsuitable for heavy trucks. The businesses have the support of the Texas Farm Bureau which has said that the closure has more to do with economics than safety. Given the way in which railways opened Texas to many new businesses, they are historically clustered around level crossings, in this case on Old Marlin Road.

A price tag of USD0.575 million has been quoted for upgrading the level crossing to automatic half-barrier status but to date no one has offered to fund this in total or in part.However, negotiations are in prospect.

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