Train Horn Quiet Zone for Elizabeth/Chantilly
This petition will be presented to the City of Charlotte to encourage the City to make obtaining a Quiet Zone for the Elizabeth/Chantilly corridor of the CSX train line a priority. Federal Railroad Administration ("FRA") rules require trains to sound horns at all crossing (regardless of time) unless a Quiet Zone has been designated. Obtaining a designated Quiet Zone requires installing certain supplemetal safety measures ("SSM") at crossings in the zone until a target NSRT safety rating is achieved. The proposed Quiet Zone at issue would run between Louise Avenue and Bascom Street (four crossings at Louise, Central, Pecan and Bascom) in the Elizabeth/Chantilly area. Trains currently run through the Elizabeth/Chantilly area 8-14 times a day (including at least four times during the late night/early moring hours). The train horns are extraordinarily loud and disruptive to sleep, outdoor activities and general enjoyment of homes in the area. The residential population density in the Elizabeth/Chantilly in the area among the highest of any area in Charlotte through which CSX trains run. This area is also contains properties with some of the highest tax assessments in the city. It is a proper use of city funds to implement the required SSMs and obtain a Quiet Zone for this area. Please join us in voicing support for the city establishing a Quiet Zone for the Elizabeth/Chantilly area. A Facebook page relating to this issue has been set up at "Quiet Zone Elizabeth".