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Funding the quiet zone

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Edgar Arreazza has been living the Washington Avenue area for five years...He says until last year it was one ear pounding nightmare.

He says, "the noise was so loud you couldn't even hear or talk on the phone you couldn't do anything. The dog would start barking you would wake up if you were sleeping."

This was the source of Arreazza's misery. Trains on the Winter Street railroad track near his home in the heart of the Washington Avenue area. Trains that would blow their horns or whistles during the day or night. That's until residents stood up, made their own noise and forced the city of Houston to take action.

"We called the city a lot we wrote a lot of letters we sent video recordings and actual measurement of decibels even in my house we were over a hundred decibels" says Arreaza.

After several years the residents in Washington Avenue now have a quiet zone near the train tracks. It means trains can't blow there whistles unless there is a public danger like a car, person or even an animal on the tracks.

Master Minor has lived and worked in the W. 34th Street corridor for 28 years...He says that's how long he endured the sounds of trains in front of his home. He says trains that would wake the dead with horns at night and early in the morning.

Minor says, "I wake up when I shouldn't be awake and most time I stay awake within an hour."

Minor and some residents in his area are also pushing the city for a quiet zone in their community along 34th street from T.C. Jester to Cornell.

The good news is the W. 34th Street corridor is in the cue to get a quiet zone...but according to Public Works spokesperson Alvin Wright there is no money to fund the project right now.

Around the city of Houston there are already 9 designated quiet zones. But there are still 4 on the back burner because of a lack of funding. The city says the average cost to taxpayers is about $400-thousand dollars.

So until the money is available Minor and his neighbors will have to hang on or move out like he's considered.

"I can move mostly any time because I made that plan to leave or if it gets better I may be here on and on you never know," says Minor.

If you're interested in getting a quiet zone in your community follow the link below:

http://documents.publicworks.houstontx.gov/document-center/doc_details/3566-quiet-zones-application.html

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