Changes could come to Charlotte rail crossings

- Monday night Charlotte City Council heard from the Department of Transportation about noise mitigation for train horns. It is required that a train approaching a crossing use a horn to warn drivers. The problem in Charlotte, many of these crossings are in neighborhoods.

The Elizabeth Community in Charlotte is your typical family friendly area.

"You generally don't hear a lot of noise in this neighborhood," said resident, Amir Evaji.

Neighbors say its quiet, until a train approaches a rail crossing. Mitzie Corrigan moved in to her home near a set of railroad tracks 8 years ago.

"Before we purchased it we talked to some of the neighbors because we were concerned with the train being so close. They are literally in our backyard," said Corrigan.

Living so close to so much noise is something Corrigan has gotten used to.

"The only time it does maybe bother me is when I am on my back deck and we have some friends over and it's really loud so perhaps having them eliminate the horn it would get a little bit softer," said Corrigan.

Requiring engineers to go easy on the horn is one of several options that could be considered by Charlotte City Council, but not everyone living near railroad tracks thinks a quieter train is the solution.

"Overall it might be loud sometimes, but it adds to the overall feel of the neighborhood," said Evaji.

Evaji moved in a little over a year ago and lives a couple of hundred feet from the railroad tracks. He says he knew the risks of living in this location, and he agrees it isn't for everyone.

"Am I surprised? Not really. It gets a little loud sometimes, it shakes sometimes, some people like it, some people don't," said Evaji.

FOX 46 did speak to some neighbors who say some trains already lower the sound of their horn during the overnight hours. They would like to see city council take action to make it a law for all trains.

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