The Union Pacific railcars that blight Tracy are a disgrace. It is a shame that Tracy cannot get these eyesores out of town.
Contrary to what Union Pacific spokesperson James Barnes stated in the Oct. 19 Tracy Press, these horrific-looking box cars are not strategically located and they do sit for months in at one location. The Union Pacific spokesman has a credibility issue.
Several months ago, a string of dilapidated boxcars were just west of Corral Hollow Road along Byron Road for at least four months. The boxcars just south of 11th Street have been there for at least three months. There is another very long string of ugly boxcars along Byron Road, just north of Mountain House. I am not sure how long they have been there, but they are a terrible blight to that roadway.
I called on the Tracy City Council to help force Union Pacific to move the boxcars out of Tracy residential areas, but it refused to get involved and told us to call Union Pacific. I did, but found it impossible to find anyone with authority to move the cars or to even talk to me about the issue.
It is a shame that someone has reverted to burning a couple of the boxcars. Who knows what goes on inside these cars at night What will it take to get these graffiti-covered boxcars cleaned up and moved out of Tracy Our elected officials do not seem to care. Union Pacific doesn’t care.
Dr. Charles Ramirez, Tracy