FRANKLIN, Ind. (January 19, 2015)-The city of Franklin thinks they already have too many trains coming through.
Currently there are about five trains that pass through Franklin each day. CSX wants to add an additional 15 trains per day.
The proposed trains would be longer, heavier and faster. The current trains go about 25 miles per hour. The proposed trains would go up to 49 miles per hour.
“It is going to become a serious a public safety hazard. We haven’t even scratched the surface of the magnitude of where we’re going with this,” explains Joe McGuinness, Franklin’s mayor.
McGuinness has been working with neighboring mayors to fight this federal proposal.
“We are not trying to stymie growth or commerce or economic development that’s not what we do. None of us want that,” explains McGuinness.
McGuinness would like to work with CSX and create a type of quiet zone. The train tracks are about 25 feet away from the back of Pat Robinette’s house.
“Almost always it’s loud enough that you have to raise your voice to talk to someone in the house,” explains Pat Robinette, who lives near the train tracks.
City leaders receive complains from homeowners about the trains on a weekly basis. Homeowners are hoping the company listens to their concerns and to the actual trains.
“Unless you see it and feel it you don’t know,” explains Robinette.
CSX did issue a statement to FOX59 in part saying the proposed transaction would create “a more direct transit across Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky and reduced congestion on certain CSX lines across these states.” The company also added they “will continue to work with communities along the LIRC route.”
The Surface Transportation Board will make the final decision. If approved construction could start later this year.