Tampa quiet zones to cost more money

Posted at 6:29 PM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 18:29:09-05

"Sometimes it passes by at night-- 1 a.m., 2 a.m. Sometimes even 3 a.m.,” said Sultan Alkhulaifi.

The noise will rouse you right out of your bed.

"No, nothing's changed. I remember you guys saying that the city had a million dollar project,” said Alkhulaifi.

Still here we are doing the same story about trains disrupting downtown Tampa residents despite years of complaints and city funding greenlighted to quiet them.

RELATED: Downtown Tampa train horns to be halted by state, city funding

"When I'm lying in bed my eyes are wide open. I'm waiting for it to quiet down so I can go back to sleep,” said Sultan Alkhulaifi in May 2015.

That was nearly two years ago---same complaint, same guy. So why hasn't anything changed?

Tampa City Council’s Chair says the project will now cost more jumping from $2.7 million to almost $3.2 million.

"Apparently, they had a made a mistake in terms of their first estimate on how much it was going to cost to do the work,” said Mike Suarez.

But with downtown expecting to add 4 thousand new residential units in the next 18 to 24 months the mayor says it's worth it.

"We're trying to find the solution. We're working with CSX. It's not cheap,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

City officials say construction should start later this year-- that's if CSX cost estimates don't go up again.

"It's not pleasant at all,” said Alkhulaifi.



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