Bryan Slows Down On Plans For Train Quiet Zone Downtown

BRYAN - The city of Bryan is putting the brakes on plans to turn the historic downtown area into a quiet zone for trains as estimated costs continue to go up.

News 3 looks at how train horns won't get muted anytime soon, even though the plan remains on the city's wish list.

The blare of train horns is an everyday occurrence in Downtown Bryan at all hours day and night.

"Sometimes 10 times a day, sometimes as many as 24 times a day. It really just depends and they honk the horn very loud," said Debby Teague, the Acting General Manager of the LaSalle Hotel.

She hopes quiet zones for trains will still stay on track.

"It would definitely be something worthwhile for the city and for the hotel. Unfortunately the number one complaint that we do get if we do get a complaint is due to the trains and the noise," she said.

City staff tell us just changing one of the two train lines that run through downtown into a quiet zone could cost the city more than $8 million.

One of the issues with creating the quiet zones includes shutting down some intersections to traffic. That's something Mayor Jason Bienski says he's worried about doing as they want to make downtown a convenient place to go to.

"It's something we'll have to weigh the pros and cons on but always looking for ways if anyone can help us in any of those endeavors, but you know railroad system's been a part of the City of Bryan from day one. That's what Bryan and College Station were founded on," Bienski said.

"I can totally understand why it's taking so long. A lot of decisions to be made especially with the historic part of Bryan and how they'll go about doing that and keeping the traffic flow," said Debby Teague.

A project that has the City of Bryan all ears for suggestions.

Bryan has been looking at the quiet zone project for more than five years now.

The city would have to pay for all the changes.


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