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Letter of the Day

CSX’s ‘irresponsible and flagrant’ behavior

Regarding “CSX train blocks Dade City streets for hours — again” (Aug. 19):

As Pasco County’s voice in the U.S. Congress, I echo the concerns raised by the police chief, sheriff and other Pasco community leaders regarding the recent CSX situation. These preventable delays posed not only considerable inconvenience to residents but, more importantly, they represented an irresponsible and flagrant disregard for the public safety needs of our community.

Upon learning of this situation by my staff early Tuesday morning, I immediately initiated a Federal Railroad Administration investigation. Senior officials within this agency with jurisdictional oversight have assured me that they will conduct a thorough investigation into what occurred in both cases and take proactive steps to ensure that similar incidents are avoided.

I also called leaders within CSX to put them on notice that this type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The people of Pasco deserve better than this, and I will not rest until I receive assurances that those responsible will be held accountable and that proper plans are in place to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our community.

Gus Bilirakis

Palm Harbor

The writer represents the 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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