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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2007
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Slow train frustrates drivers during commute

To The Daily: Is it just me, or is it extremely poor planning on the railroadís part to allow a slow train to make its way through Decatur between 7 and 7:30 a.m. on a weekday? I and a couple of hundred other morning commuters were at a dead stop Tuesday morning on the Alabama 20 end of Alabama 67. It wouldnít have been so bad had the train been moving at a quicker clip, but I could have walked alongside the train and still been taking the lead. At one point, the creeping locomotive stopped altogether. Iím sure it wasnít just the road on which I was traveling that was affected.

The train was headed straight for downtown Decatur, so Iím pretty sure there were other delays caused by the train. Iíll admit I know little about train scheduling, but it seems that stopping traffic on a main highway during morning rush hour could somehow be avoided. We were all trying to get to work on time.

There are enough obstacles throughout the day trying to keep each of us from getting everything done without a slow train blocking our way.

Please, someone help.

Carla K. Bond
Decatur

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