Augusta Commission To Hold Workshop On Rail Quiet Zone

Photo of a train in downtown Augusta, Georgia.
Photo of a train in downtown Augusta, Georgia.

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Augusta leaders are still trying to determine whether they can lower the volume on trains rolling through downtown.

Mayor Hardie Davis is pushing the idea of creating a quiet zone along with 6th Street corridor where trains’ horns would be eliminated or the volume turned down.

A planned discussion by the Public Safety Committee was postponed until the city can hold a work session with railroad officials next month.

“”We’ve got a number of options that are available to us. My goal is to not to try and solve it, but to bring the experts to the table. That’s including the folks from the Federal Railroad Administration, who I intend to have here, as well. This has been done in a number of communities, so this is not a unique conversation to Augusta,” said Mayor Davis, who added that the quiet zone can be created without the city having to put in crossing guards and flashing warning lights.

Davis said the work session is will be held May 16th or 17th,

 

 

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