McCalla train hub awarded $52-million in federal money

MCCALLA, AL (WBRC) - A major railroad project in west Jefferson County is getting $52-million in federal money. That means the Norfolk-Southern train hub in McCalla will become a reality sooner rather than later.

Congressman Artur Davis made the announcement Wednesday saying he feels the project will bring much needed jobs and industry. "As I told a number of them several months ago, my office wouldn't be supporting this project if the federal and state environmental standards weren't complied with," said Davis.
People who live in the area say they are worried about safety and noise. "You work hard, you play by the rules, you put your net worth in your dream home, then you have a large corp put a large facility behind you that basically dashes your dreams," says McCalla resident Larry Argo.

Work on the train hub could start as early as this summer with completion set for 20-12.