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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Sylvania leaders are
expressing concern over a proposed railroad project that could have trains
moving through town much more frequently.
residents only deal with train traffic occasionally, but that could change.
"If those trains [tracks]
are connected, there's going to be trains coming through at any and all times,
as far as we know," said Kevin Aller, director of the Department of Public
Years ago, about five
miles of tracks in Riga and Ottawa Lake in Michigan were torn up. Now, a
proposed development project could but the tracks back.
"We don't know, and I don't
know that they know, what the increase in traffic will be, but obviously if
that is connected, and their intent is to use it to transport more materials
through town, that's going to mean more trains through town," Aller said.
Other concerns for the
city is the safety of crossings, and those being blocked for periods of time.
Another worry is train derailments.
"It just brings some
concerns, and we want to make sure that it's just not a matter of connecting
the tracks and it's done," Aller said. "We want to make sure that the concerns
that we have are known and can be addressed, so that if they are connected,
that everybody's working together to try and minimize those."
Sylvania Mayor Craig
Stough wrote to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government expressing
those concerns. Their hope is that their concerns are addressed if the project