Horn blasts prompt call for train quiet zones in Savannah | savannahnow.com

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Sep

Horn blasts prompt call for train quiet zones in Savannah | savannahnow.com

Whenever Noble Boykin thinks he hears a train approaching from a distance, the Savannah attorney hopes he is wrong. The horn blasts from passing locomotives near his office on 38th Street, regularly bring business to a halt, Boykin said.

“You try to talk to clients and have to put them on hold,” he said. “You have to sit there and wait.”

As business at Savannah’s East Coast Terminal grows, the number of complaints concerning train horn noise, hours of travel and frequency throughout Thomas Square, Baldwin Park and other surrounding neighborhoods is on the rise, according to city officials.

The issue is not a new problem. Citizen complaints led to a compromise between the city and Rail Link, the train operator, about two years ago.

The company now has a handshake agreement with the city that they will not run trains along that line between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., in addition to not making switching moves over the President’s Street crossing from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m, said Mike Erwin, vice president, Railroads Central, in an email.

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