by Jason Lamb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For those living or working around Harrison Street north of downtown Nashville, the constant honking of train horns as they cross intersections has become a way of life. Progress has been made toward instituting a train “quiet zone” in the area, banning trains from using their horns as they cross intersections and giving neighbors a break.
Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore was one of several city, state and federal leaders who attended an informal meeting Monday at the railroad crossing on Third Avenue.
“I think the constituents want a quiet zone, I think the city does because it is a quality of life issue, but we have to make sure we are keeping the citizens safe,” Gilmore said.
Gilmore said after getting an update at the meeting, it appears the Federal Railroads Administration would likely approve the 3rd Avenue crossing as a no-horn area, after safety improvements like extra warning signs are put up.
Metro’s legal department would also have to take a look at the crossing. Gilmore said in all the other states in the Southeast region the Federal Railroad Administration oversees there has not been a single accident at any crossing that's been converted to a quiet zone.