New Orleans council raises fine to $500 for trains blocking streets |

City Council voted to increase the fine on trains for
blocking the street for more than 10 minutes, or five minutes
if stopped, from $50 to $500.
It has long been unlawful for trains to block streets in New Orleans for more than 10 minutes at a time if the train is moving, or five minutes if it is stopped. However, the fine for violations has been only $50, hardly a major deterrent for a large company. Hoping to give the law more teeth, the City Council has raised the fine to $500, the maximum amount for any municipal violation under state law.
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