By Natalie Orenstein
Homeless individuals — many relocating from Albany or other parts of West Berkeley — have set up camp along the train tracks south of Gilman Street in recent weeks.
Although a few people have lived near the tracks for years, the population expanded after the residents at the Albany Bulb were evicted in May, neighbors say. Several new encampments have appeared following a city of Berkeley cleanup of the Gilman-Interstate 80 underpass earlier this month, which prompted people living there to disperse.
A Union Pacific spokesman said the company has talked to the people living along the tracks and is working to clean up the area.
“We have already addressed the issue directly with the folks populating the encampments and are working this week to clean up the illegal dumping and squatting,” said Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt via email. “We have been in touch with the city regarding the issue as well.”