Trains not allowed to sound horns through Downtown Charleston neighborhood

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Things will be much quieter between Charlotte and Laurens Streets in downtown Charleston. The City will enact a new train horn "quiet zone" area starting Friday for neighbors living in the area.

Residents along Washington Street had requested that the City of Charleston consider making the area a quiet zone.

Trains coming through the area will no longer be allowed to sound their horns when using the railroad crossing. The City of Charleston made improvements to the railroad crossing section by adding protective gates, railroad crossing signs and paved markings to alert and protect motorists as well as pedestrians.

Warning signs will also be posted along Washington Street, that no trains will be able to use their horns in that specific area.

After the City of Charleston informed all users of the rail line of the proposed quiet zone, the City had received no objections from any of the parties.

The City of Charleston, the Carolina Public Railways and the South Carolina Department of Transportation worked together with the Federal Railroad Administration to create the quiet zone.

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