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Loud train horns in Tampa getting silenced

Train horn complaints by residence in downtown Tampa have been heard while the City goes into planning phase to quite them down

TAMPA / YBOR CITY, FL – It is Federally mandated for train conductors (24 hours a day) to sound their horns 15-20 seconds before reaching a railroad crossing to warn drivers and pedestrians a train is approaching.

Mayor Buckhorn’s push for new residential communities for the downtown area has been a great success.  A good example would be the 23-story Skyhouse in Channelside that had tenants signing on  months before it was move-in ready. The 7-story Fitzgerald apartments was the latest open. And in the works is the The Channel Club apartment complex with an adjacent Publix.

However, more people equates to more complaints. And at the top of the list is the train horns sounding off during the night.

The Remedy? Quiet Zones.

A Quiet Zone is a Federal Railroad Administration exemption to the rule requiring train conductors and engineers to sound their horns when approaching railroad crossings.

However, train crews can still sound the horn if warranted for other safety reasons. So far there are only around five crossing in the downtown area slated to change over to Quiet Zones.

Quiet Zones must have upgraded warning devices and new gates that cost around $200,000 for each crossing according to CCX.


Learn how to get your local public agency to request a Quiet Zone for your area:

Communities wishing to establish a quiet zone should contact their
local FRA Crossing Manager at:

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Taco Bus Tampa (301 & MLK Blvd) coming soon

Taco Bus is opening restaurant #7 in the new Shell Gas Station (former Citgo) at the SE corner of E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and US-301 near the Florida State Fairgrounds directly across from Wawa in Tampa, FL.

Interviews are Mon – Thurs from 3 PM to 6 PM
Phone: (813) 232-5889

Taco Bus
3939 US-301, Tampa, FL 33619 | Google Maps

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Residential Tower, 3401 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa

TAMPA, FL – Plans for a new residential tower are underway on the former Colonnade Restaurant property at the corner of Bayshore Blvd. and W. Julia Street in Tampa, FL.

The Colonnade Restaurant was opened by Lois (Mamie) Whiteside and her sons, Richard Jr. and Jack in 1935. It was a local favourite that spanned five generations before closing its doors for the last time on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Batson-Cook Development Company, involved with the success of Skyhouse Channelside, and Ascentia Development Group are working together on the proposed high-rise project.

Residential Tower (coming soon)
3401 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629
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NINE 15 Apartments, Tampa (2017)

DOWNTOWN TAMPA, FL – NINE 15 Apartments will be a 23-story, 362 unit apartment tower that’s currently under construction at 915 North Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, FL.

On the ground level of the complex there will be a few spaces for restaurants and retail. The prime property is part of Tampa’s Block grant that includes the historic Kress building across the street as well.

SEPT 2015 – Hillsborough County Records shows the property being purchased on September 9, 2015 for $6.4 million by Carter and Associates LLC from Atlanta.

DEC 2015 – DPR Construction began demolition of the 900 block of Franklin Street on Dec 15, 2015.

SEPT 2016 – The concrete framed structure reaches five floors. Franklin Manor night spot opens across the street on Sept 3, 2016.

♦ Completion anticipated 2017

NINE 15 Apartments
915 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
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Angel Oliva Sr. Apartments, Ybor City Tampa (coming soon)

YBOR CITY / TAMPA, FL – The Angel Oliva Sr. Apartments are under construction inside the historic Oliva Cigar Factory building at the corner of 19th St. and Palm Ave. in the historic Ybor City neighbourhood of Tampa, FL

CEO Darryl Shaw of Blue Pearl Veterinary is behind the renovation project that’s converting the three-story, 30,000-square-foot building into a 38-unit apartment complex.

The name Swann Cigars (1926-1961) was found while stripping the wood on the Oliva building. The name will be restored and left on the new apartment complex for historic reasons.

The new Rock Brother Brewery opening in Ybor will be offering a permanent discount card for residents that move into the completed apartment complex.

The Angel Oliva Sr. Apartments
2008 N. 19th St, Tampa, FL