'This is a Damn Shame' Columbia Mayor Says About Train Backups

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin wants to talk about why there are some unusually long wait times.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says he wants a meeting next month to talk about why there are some unusually long wait times for drivers at train tracks in the city.

Benjamin posted on Twitter Tuesday a response to a woman who tagged him in a post. The woman said that she was at the tracks at the corner of Rosewood and Assembly Wednesday morning and got stuck for over 45 minutes  after the locomotive came to a complete stop.

News19 got phone calls and messages from other people who were also upset about the wait .News 19 has reached out to CSX to find out why the train was stopped for so long. 

However, it's not the first time such waits have happened. Drivers say there are often times where the train is stopped there during rush hour, causing them to be late for work or school. 

In his reply on Twitter, Benjamin seemed just as frustrated.

"This is a damn shame!" Benjamin said. "We'll have a meeting in Dec & will have reps from [Norfolk Southern] [CSX] & [SCDOT] there."

Federal law does not regulate how long a train can be at an intersection. There are local ordinances in communities that offer help, but those penalties aren't often enforced and aren't very strict.

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