Proposal Would Silence Train Horns Around Downtown
by Chris Conte
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For years residents who live and work near Harrison Street north of downtown have had to deal with train horns which honk at all hours of the day. By April 1 those horns could be silenced.
"I think it's important to the downtown area. It's important to the people who live downtown. It's a quality of life issue," says Council Member Erica Gilmore, who represents the downtown area.
Gilmore and a group of residents have been working with railroad company CSX for nearly a decade to try and get the crossing over 2nd Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North turned into a "Quiet Zone," meaning trains traveling in that area would no longer sound their horns when approaching crossings.
"Trains are federally regulated and they have to blow their horn so many times per second before they arrive at a particular gate," she says.
Gilmore says the city is nearing a comment period with the railroad company surrounding the issue. Barring no major objections the "Quiet Zone" could go into effect as early as April 1, 2014.
"I see both sides as to why you would want to not do it and there is safety around it but for me it gives us a better quality of living downtown," say Alex Williams who lives a block away from the tracks.
Williams says him and his wife have had to install noise machines and a fan in their bedroom just to drown out the horns that whale 24 hours a day.
"I really hope there is something that can be done," says Williams.