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DIANA BUCKLEY
Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Trains parked across city streets, with traffic lining up for blocks is a too-familiar scene in Ellis County.

Ferris is especially hard hit with two major construction projects, street improvement and sewer line improvement, underway.

Mayor Jimmie Birdwell said he felt the railroad was using sidings in the city for too much time-consuming arranging and rearranging of train cars.

Other cities along the I45 corridor are also enduring an increase in train traffic.

'When I'm in the Ennis office, it's a constant stream, all day long,' said Jim Williams, sports editor for the Ellis County Press.

One mitigating factor in Ennis is the existence of an underpass, which allows at least some of the traffic to circumvent the back-ups.

'I've talked to a couple of people (at Southern Pacific) about using the north end of town for a switching yard and making so much noise, especially at night,' said Birdwell on Monday.

'They are supposed to get back to me some time this week.'

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