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Norfolk Southern Railway wants to make friends fast in Raleigh’s Five Points neighborhood, so it will pitch an air-conditioned tent at its freight yard office Saturday for a “family / community day” with “food, a dunk tank & games for the kids! FREE!” [7/21/10 update: see print edition story with Norfolk Southern comments.]
The railroad says its freight operation would suffer – and so would its Five Points neighbors – if the state Department of Transportation decided to route fast passenger trains through Norfolk Southern’s yard on the west side of Capital Boulevard.
Norfolk Southern apparently hopes to hear its views echoed by Five Point residents at a public hearing Monday on the impact in Wake County of the proposed Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor.
Lu-Ann C. Perryman, a Cary lobbyist, delivered invitations to Five Points homes this weekend for the Saturday event. The cards say that residents attending the gathering will hear from “informed speakers and concerned neighbors about a better route for Five Points.” ... [MORE]