A train blocking the 41st St crossing in Birmingham. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)
As reported by Bham Now, trains blocking the railroad crossings in Birmingham and Trussville have become a chronic problem. Luckily, help is on the way thanks to the Birmingham City Council and regional cooperation between the City of Trussville and Norfolk Southern.
Today, the City of Birmingham committed to providing a local match for a $10M Railroad Crossing Elimination (RCE) planning grant. Norfolk Southern and Trussville are also expected to help the local match. This federal program is aimed at mitigating train crossing issues in and around the country and in cities like Birmingham and Trussville.