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City of St. Matthews Announces Reinstatement of Quiet Zone

Monday October 11, 2010

City of St. Matthews & Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
574-1204 / 645-1752

LOUISVILLE, KY: St. Matthews Mayor Bernie Bowling and other St. Matthews officials along with Metro Councilman Ken Fleming (District 7), and Richlawn Mayor Sandy Banta are happy to announce the reinstatement of the St. Matthews Quiet Zone and the end of loud train whistles for the businesses and neighbors living in the area.

Today the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approved a temporary waiver that will reinstate the St. Matthews Quiet Zone until additional gates are installed at the Chenoweth Lane crossing, creating a permanent quiet zone for the area.  With the approval of this waiver, CSX has a maximum 21 day adjustment period in which to stop blowing the train horns.

“I am thrilled that the FRA has approved this waiver and that our residents will no longer be disrupted with repeated train horns that can be heard throughout our community.  I especially appreciate the work of Kenan Stratman from HDR and the cooperation of CSX for helping to ensure that the citizens of St. Matthews can have an improved quality of life and a restful night’s sleep.”
- Bernie Bowling, Mayor, City of St. Matthews

The waiver application included the installation of new barrier medians at the Hubbards Lane and Thierman Lane crossings.  The St. Matthews Police Department will provide additional enforcement at the Chenoweth Lane crossing until the new gates are installed in the coming months.  The crossings included in the St. Matthews Quiet Zone are: Chenoweth Lane, St. Mathews Avenue, Clover Lane, Westport Road, Thierman Lane and Hubbards Lane. 

"I want to thank the City of St. Matthews, Senator Mitch McConnell, CSX, the City of Richlawn and the FRA for working together to find this solution for St. Matthews and the surrounding neighborhoods."  - Ken Fleming, District 7 Metro Councilman

The final cost of the quiet zone, including the installation of median barriers and new gates, will be approximately $150,000.  The majority of this project will be funded by the City of St. Matthews, with a portion coming from the District 7 Neighborhood Development Fund. 

For more information on this announcement please contact, Stephen Haag at 645-1752 or via e-mail at

Ken Fleming (R) 7