Silence the train horns at the private railroad crossing Willie St. / Marietta Blvd.(Beltline Bellwood Quarry Park and Proctor Creek Greenway)
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Historic Howell Station and area request that the City of Atlanta work with CSX and Ga Power to amend the crossing contract whereas the train conductors are not required to sound the horn at the private Railroad crossing of Willie St. / Marietta Blvd. There is no federal or state DOT requirement for train horn signaling at private crossings.
Reasons to eliminate the train horn:
1.) Harmful noise levels.
The train horns cause loud and dangerous noise levels within our community as well as to the animals residing at the Fulton County Animal shelter next door to the crossing. Trains blow the horn night and day. Some locomotives are much louder than others. There are neighbors who have documented dangerous noise levels exceeding 96 decibels on and close to neighborhood streets. This noise level can harm adults, children playing outdoors, pets fenced in back yards, neighbors taking walks through the neighborhood not to mention the psychological effects.
WHAT ARE COMMON NOISE LEVELS? HOW DO THEY AFFECT HUMAN HEALTH?
This information is from the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) - the train horn MUST be less than 110dB (Decibels) 110 dB is rated as follows: Steel mill, auto horn at 1 meter. Turbo-fan aircraft at takeoff power at 200 ft (118 dB). Riveting machine (110 dB); live rock music (108 - 114 dB). 110 Average human pain threshold. 16 times as loud as 70 dB which is thought to be a "tolerable" noise level for most humans
2.) Economic Development
The noise reduction will also pave the way for economic development in and around the Bellwood Quarry Beltline park as well as the Proctor Creek Greenway a stone throw away from the loud crossing. The elimination of the train horns may raise the desirability of homes in the immediate area and prompt new construction.
3.) Homeland Security
An optional employee only access gate would enhance security within the Ga Power substation grounds.
4.) No adverse affect
This proposal will have no adverse affect on businesses, the railroad (CSX), or Georgia Power. It may provide a positive community outreach opportunity for CSX and Ga Power.
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