People who live near the railroad tracks in Downtown Tampa have complained about the sound of train horns for years.
On Thursday the Tampa City Council listened to the concerns of residents and agreed to match a $1.5 million grant from the state to create “quiet zones” through Downtown.
For safety reasons, train engineers are required to blow the horns as they approach intersections. Bob McDonaugh with the city’s economic opportunity office said guards will be stationed at each intersection so during these times engineers don’t have to blow their horns. Engineering work to make this a reality has already started.
Work might not be completed for a year.
“It is just too much in this area when we want people to move in here we don’t want that thing to deter from building up the Downtown area,” resident Daniel Jimenez said.
Resident Skip Owens said the change is long overdue “definitely safety-wise and noise-wise for the citizens here.”
City leaders are looking to create quiet zones in other parts of the city.
“My hope is if this is successful Downtown we might be able to move it to other parts of the city – Ybor City, South Tampa and some of the other corridors,” councilman Harry Cohen said.
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