Blocked rail crossings plague city

Oct. 23, 2017  PLYMOUTH VOICE.

Plymouth Michigan News


Updated 10-24-17


Train delays continue to vex Plymouth motorists and tie-up daily traffic.

Numerous complaints by disgruntled motorists regarding CSX trains blocking crossings continue to flow into Plymouth City Manager Paul Sincock’s office with no apparent relief in sight. Observers say the time delays are growing longer and longer as is the length of the trains.

This Monday crossings at Mill Street and Haggerty Road were blocked for approximately six hours by slow moving or stopped CSX freight trains stretching east to west.

The complains prompted Sincock to issue the following statement:

“CSX Railroad Trains are regulated by the Federal Government and the local units of government or the City have no authority over trains or how long they block crossings.  Our best recommendation is to contact your federal legislators and request relief.” 

Sincock recommended upset motorists contact the railroad and their local congressmen each and every time there is an unacceptable delay and posted their contact information in his e-mail release.


  • Congressman David Trott – 248-528-0711


  • Senator Debbie Stabenow – 313-961-4330


  • Senator Gary Peters – 313-226-6020


  • CSX Railroad Emergency – 1-800-232-0144
    Extension 1 to report crossing blocked


  • CSX Regional Vice President Tom Livingston – 708-832-2169


  • Federal Railroad Administration – 419-259-7570


In a written response to an inquiry by The Eagle last month, CSX Assistant Vice President for Media and Communications Rob Doolittle apologized to Plymouth and Canton residents who have experienced blocked crossings but offered no plan of action or timeline for relief.

“CSX is transitioning to a new operating model, called Precision Scheduled Railroading, which is intended to optimize the use of all assets, including locomotives, rail cars and infrastructure, in providing a cost-effective, reliable, predictable freight-transportation product to customers.

“This transition requires dramatic change in many aspects of the company’s operations and some customers and other stakeholders have experienced unintended effects, including longer trains, as our organization has evolved. We have acknowledged these issues, and we are committed to working through and resolving them as quickly as possible. Safety remains our key priority and factors into every decision the company makes regarding its employees, customers and the communities we serve,” Doolitte said.

For the past month, almost daily, CSX yard crews have been observed doing track and signal work within the city limits.

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