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Quiet zone puts the brakes on noisy trains

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After years of waiting, residents in several Louisville neighborhoods are finally getting some peace and quiet. A new quiet zone is silencing loud train whistles and stopping the late night sounds that have long disrupted sleep for hundreds of people.

Just in time for a new, earlier bed time hundreds of east end students should get a better night of sleep before the start of school Tuesday. A new quiet zone along LaGrange Road is putting the brakes on loud train horns.

CSX says the track is at capacity. 37 trains come through every, single day; that's one train every 38 minutes. The quiet zone project took 5 years and a lot of planning and construction. Crossing gates and signals were added to 4 intersections along LaGrange Road. There are about 700 homes and more than 1,000 people within sound range of the horns. "This project ultimately now has found a way to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians and at the same time provide a good night sleep," Metro Council Hal Heiner (R - District 19) said. Heiner and fellow councilman Glen Stuckel represent these districts. They worked over the years to get more than a half million dollars in city money to pay for the project.

Meanwhile, residents in St. Matthews continue to fight noisy trains. They lost their quiet zone in June because the city failed to make improvements at two crossings. We'll keep an eye on what happens next.

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