City of Tampa Evaluates Creating Train Horn Quiet Zone

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The City of Tampa is assessing how to best create a Train "Quiet Zone" through historic Ybor City, downtown Tampa, and south to the Port Tampa area, along CSX train tracks, and intends to contract with an engineering firm to develop the study, pending Tampa City Council approval this Thursday, August 7, 2014.

"As our urban area continues to densify, the train horns bounce off surrounding developments. They are becoming more of a nuisance to residents and potentially stifling economic opportunity," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This the start of a process to mitigate those impacts and evaluate what needs to be done."

The study area includes approximately 65 CSX line crossings, which in order to silence the train horn will need to be upgraded to public highway rail grade crossings. The engineering team 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.

The study will cost $90,545 and is anticipated to be complete in December 2014 . King Engineering Associates, Inc. will develop the study as well as any required documentation for future grant applications.

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