Commission To Hear From Rail Company On Quiet Zone

(AUGUSTA,GA)  Augusta’s mayor is still working on a railroad quiet zone in downtown Augusta.

As we first reported the proposal is to eliminate trains from blowing their horns along the  sixth street corridor

Rail company officials are expected to be at Tuesday’s committee meetings to give the pros and cons of turning down the volume.

” It is a safety feature but can we reduce the noise and still have it as a safety feature that’s something that we and the train folks will need to talk about,” said Commissioner Bill Fennoy.

So you would be  open to the possibility,”

“I’m open to a discussion,” said Fennoy.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration every street crossing in a quiet some must have guard gates and flashing warning lights,something not in place on sixth street.

The cost of a gates  with lights runs about 300 thousand dollars.

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