July 17, 2014
Students at the University of Virginia are going to have to find a new shortcut to get to grounds.
The City of Charlottesville plans to build a fence around the railroad tracks that cut through the Corner district. Many people cross over the tracks every day as a shortcut, but it's against the law to trespass on the railroad property.
The city says it's a safety concern, so the plan is to build a permanent, 7-foot fence along the tracks from Rugby Road to 14th Street to prevent people from jumping the tracks.
"I mean, it can't be that disappointing, actually. Walking down to the Corner's not that big of a deal. It saves like, what, two minutes?" UVa. third-year student Rutherford Moore said. "But at the same time, nightlife all comes from there or there, and it usually circulates right through here."
The city plans to build the fence this summer before UVa. students return for the fall semester.