Let's Expand the RR Quiet Zone

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Lunsford AB59000049

 Let's expand the RR quiet zone. There's a lot of controversy in the City Council about the proposal for creating a downtown "quiet zone" where passing trains would be prohibited from sounding their horns at crossings. Currently they must do so by federal law unless that is over ridden by local statutes.

I live in Riverbend Commons near the intersection of Morrison Rd. and River Rd. Approx 1 mi. south of us are the CSX tracks and less than a mile north of us are the Norfolk-Western Tracks. Depending on the atmospheric conditions and the engineer at the time it almost feels like I could reach out and touch trains on either of those tracks. They are blowing non-stop and when there are trains on both tracks at the same time, it sounds like diesel horns in stereo.

There are few ungarded crossings west to east from CR 500W all the way to Selma. There are a few more on the north south lines, but not that many from Royerton Rd. to 67 south on the bypass. If we're going to tackle the noise issue, let's expand the focus and bring some peace and quiet to the entire area.

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