Wednesday February 20, 2008
For Immediate release:
Louisvile Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
This past week, residents in the Clifton/ Crescent Hill area of Frankfort Avenue have heard something they have not heard in the last 20 years: train horns at railroad crossings.
“For two decades, there has been a gentleperson’s agreement, an understanding, between CSX, the Federal Railroad Administration and the city of Louisville that a “whistle ban” that became a “Quiet Zone” be in place in the area,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9. “But there are changes on the way unless the local government shows a plan to make certain railroad crossings safer. If not, trains will resume using horns.”
Because of mandatory changes to safety standards for Quiet Zones on the federal level, Ward-Pugh will host a meeting on Thursday, March 6th to talk about the new “Quiet Zone” requirements. The meeting will take place at the Clifton Center, Reception Hall in the lower level from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Tom Drake of the Federal Railroad Administration will attend.
The current “Quiet Zone” follows a corridor of railroad crossings along Frankfort Avenue at Blackburn Avenue, Claremont Avenue, the unmade Franck Avenue alley in Crescent Hill and Frankfort Avenue at New Main Street in Clifton.
“I want people affected by the potential loss of a “Quiet Zone” to understand the situation and limited choices we have in order to keep our Quiet Zone,” says Ward-Pugh. “We are working on a plan to meet the new federal guidelines but that plan will call for 2 crossing closures.”
The FRA Quiet Zone guidelines require railroad crossings to have crossing gates and concrete barriers that ensure safety. If not, trains will be required to use horns to make sure vehicular traffic is not trying to cross in between gates.
Ward-Pugh has been working with Metro Public Works on a new plan that would involve cost estimates for making improvements and a timetable for implementation to the federal government. The train horns began blowing this past week to serve as a reminder about the “Quiet Zone” but will end after Wednesday.
For more information on the meeting, call Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9