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Citizens helpless when trains stop them in their tracks

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The Beaumont City Council is planning to reach out to Congressman Randy Weber to confront a problem plaguing many in town. 

Trains, sometimes for hours, have been blocking public roads.

At least two council members have been contacted by citizens about the problem.

The City of Beaumont has an ordinance limiting the time a train can block a public road.  The state has one as well, but a federal law passed in 1996 after railroad companies blamed city and state regulations for bankruptcies, essentially makes city and state law moot.

The 1996 federal law has resulted in the City of Beaumont having almost no power to confront the issue. 

Council members will vote to contact Congressman Weber at a later meeting asking him to open the topic for discussion among Congress Members in Washington. 

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