The constant eyesore of graffiti on train trestles and underpasses across Elmira is a problem the community has dealt with for years. Unfortunately, there’s little the city can do to remove or prevent the defacement.
Any changes to the structures, even the removal of offensive graffiti, would require the approval of Norfolk Southern Railroad Company, who own the rails.
The City of Elmira and 18 News have been unsuccessful in reaching representatives from Norfolk Southern regarding the growing issue of offensive language inked across the community.
Elmira May Dan Mandell is especially frustrated with the lack of motivation and communication from the part of Norfolk Southern.
“I’d like to see them do something with it as far as painting over it,” said Mandell. “If we were to do anything we’d have to get their permission to do it and obviously, they would responsible for paying for it.”
Several examples of offensive graffiti are outside the 18 News studio and the Clemens Center where buses of school children pass through every month.