SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield city leaders were at two railway crossings Friday, pleading with the public to stop walking across the tracks.
Two problem areas are at the tracks between Birnie Ave. and Plainfield Street, and a nearby crossing on Wason Ave. City councilors have been looking to create safer travel alternatives for pedestrians. Walking across tracks is illegal.
“We’re thinking about the children, the elderly. They cross through here all the time. People use this to get groceries, to pay their bills,” said Zaida Luna Springfield City Councilor.
According to research by ‘Operation Lifesaver,’ by the time a locomotive engineer sees a trespasser or car on the tracks it’s too late. It takes the average freight train more than a mile, the length of 18 football fields, to stop.