Residents continue to fight rail lines in North Charleston

At a meeting Tuesday night, neighbors in North Charleston said new rail lines would ruin their community.

"There's concern of detriment to the community with the rails," said Park Circle resident Sarah Mueller.

Mueller doesn't want to see her Park Circle neighborhood change. She has lived in the Park Circle area of North Charleston for two years, and said she is concerned about the new rail lines.

If the state gets its way, rail lines would run right behind Park Circle and many other residential neighborhoods.

"It's important for people of the community to have a say," Mueller said.

She and several of her Park Circle neighbors attended a meeting at the community center Tuesday night to see both the city's proposed rail plan and the state's.

"They know our plan, but they don't know the other plan. One team says one thing, one team says another. We want to let them see it and make up there own minds," North Charleston council member Bob King said.

Earlier this year, North Charleston sued the state over the controversial rail plans.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said the state's plan violates a 2002 Memorandum of Understanding signed by the State Ports Authority. He said it forbids cargo from being transported by rail across the northern end of the old naval base. King says residents are ready to resolve the issue.

"It's been dragging on for a long time now. We've tried to negotiate, but haven't been able to, so it's in the courts," King said.

The map of the city's plan shows trains using some existing rail lines, which many neighbors were happy about. But, they said they are angry with parts of the state's plan, which shows rails going over busy roads, like Rivers Avenue.

According to DOT statistics, 36,000 cars travel that road everyday, and Mueller said that could cause major traffic problems.

"The less it imposes on our day to day lives is what this community is all about," she said.

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