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City of Tampa to spend $90k to study train noise

City of Tampa to spend $90k to study train noise

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The Tampa city council has voted 'yes' to spend $90,000 on a study to quiet train horns in the city.  

The vote came after council members heard from several downtown Tampa residents at Thursday's meeting who hope council finds a way to stop the horn-blowing.

Councilman Harry Cohen says it's not something that can be done overnight and it'll be costly.  

With cost in mind, the city plans to apply for a grant to help pay for the study, which could take until the end of the year to complete.

Under federal law, trains have to sound their horns at a certain decibel when they approach crossings. There are 65 railroad crossings within the city limits through historic Ybor City, downtown Tampa, and south to the Port Tampa area, along CSX train tracks.

As part of the study, an engineering team from King Engineering Associates, Inc. will assess what upgrades need to be made to each crossing area, which could include additional gating, street medians, and signage be installed, as well as potential costs for those upgrades.

To learn more about the Train Horn Rule as well as Train Quiet Zones, please visit the Federal Railroad Administration's website by clicking here.

Photo Credit 970 WFLA/K. Norman

Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined AM Tampa Bay Friday. He touched on the train issue after discussing the seawall issue.

 

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