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Planning organization working to relieve freight train issues in Hub City

Photo Credit WDAM. Train grant proposed for Hattiesburg Photo Credit WDAM. Train grant proposed for Hattiesburg
Photo Credit WDAM. Train grant proposed for Hattiesburg Photo Credit WDAM. Train grant proposed for Hattiesburg
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Metropolitan Planning Organization has proposed a grant that could help reduce congested areas in Hattiesburg affected by train traffic. 

The city of Hattiesburg has five freight trains that go in and out of the city every day, and the plan includes building five overpasses to alleviate high traffic areas. 

“I think that’s very crucial, one thing if you’re looking at rehabilitating and restoring an entire section of the city, you have to find some way," grant author Brent Benson said. "Transportation is a big part of that.”

Benson said after being asked how crucial the plan is to the city.

The freight trains that stop downtown during the afternoon rush can also have an impact on local businesses.

Business owner Stuart Gates said something needs to be done.

When asked about how it affects his business he said “if an employee leaves their house 20 minutes early trying to get to work and still show up late, it becomes disruptive.”

The MPO has also proposed a long-range plan that would run into the year 2040. 

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