Spike in train traffic frustrates some

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He already knows the drill if he sees a line of cars waiting at the railroad crossing he travels over every day on his way to and from work in Franklin.

Brad Smith waited for 30 minutes for a train to move and quickly learned his lesson. If he gets stopped at the crossing at Earlywood Drive, he’ll turn around and head north on U.S. 31, searching for a place to cross the tracks where there isn’t a train blocking his path.

About six months ago at Earlywood Drive in Franklin, traffic began to back up 50 cars deep about 5 p.m. daily because of a stopped train, Smith said. In the morning, trains occasionally have made him late to work at KYB in Franklin, where he is an information technology manager. The train that stops in the evening is more of a problem, though, because it isn’t moving as it unloads cargo for 20 minutes or more, he said.

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