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Savannah Residents Complain About Loud Trains

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Some Savannah residents say they are fed up with trains causing a racket as they rumble through town disturbing sleep and business. 

This is no new problem but Virginia Mobley who lives in Midtown says it has been getting a lot worse.  She says she has been complaining for years, but nothing has been done to help. 

"The decibels that they use here are so far in excess of what is healthy for any human being to live with that it needs to be addressed," Mobley said. 

The use of railroads is growing along the coast, and in Savannah it's affecting residents throughout Thomas Square, Baldwin Park, and other surrounding areas.  The trains will start waking residents as early as 5:30 a.m.

"All communication with a telephone conversation or an in-person conversation comes to a halt. It vibrates the house. It vibrates the objects in the house," said Mobley. 

Trains are required to blow their horns at railroad crossings, but in Midtown it's just one crossing after another, that means when a train passes through here they basically have to blow their horns the whole time.   

"There's no possible way that you can blow and have a break between here and there. So you end up with a solid blast," Mobley said. 

We reached out to a city spokesman who tells us they're considering hiring an expert to analyze possible solutions like quiet zones.  But so far there's been no real action.

We've also reached out to the train company "Rail Link" by phone and email.  They have not responded. 

"What we're trying to do is show the City Council that this is a widespread problem and that it is not just the people on the 200 block of East 38th that are complaining," Mobley said. 

Residents have organized a public meeting for Tuesday evening.  City officials are expected to attend.  It starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Bull Street Library.  

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