Traffic comes to a standstill Friday as a
train crosses East Avenue. As many as 25 trains a day pass through
WAUKESHA - At the height of what passes for rush hour in downtown
Waukesha, Debbie Rodgers of Chicago found herself tied up in traffic at a
railroad crossing for the second time in as many days.
"I come to the Waukesha area a couple of times a month on business
and it seems that whenever I do, I get stuck by a train in downtown,"
she said with a laugh.
Trains are a fact of life in a city that is basically bisected by
"About 25 freight trains a day run through Waukesha," said
Tom Running, rail safety analyst with the state’s railroad commission
office. "They can have as few as one car and go up to 100 or more in
And if you think they run on a tight schedule, like passenger trains of
days gone by, you’d be wrong, Running said.
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