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Homeowner pushing for horns rather than train whistles in San Marco
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wanting some peace and quiet at night has Kevin McLaughlin spearheading a campaign to do something about all the train whistles that blow because of all the San Marco rail traffic.

"This is one of the major thoroughfares for trains in Florida," said McLaughlin, a San Marco homeowner and realtor.

From the St. Johns River to the Bowden Road train terminal, there are ten crossings that require a whistle to warn drivers of an approaching train.

McLaughlin wants Jacksonville City Hall to consider the advantages of Wayside horns that are mounted at the crossings that give a more concentrated warning to motorists.

These horns would not require trains to blow the whistle as they approach the crossing. The cost for each crossing he says could at the high end push $100,000.

When you do the math, McLaughlin says people who live along the tracks hear the whistle at least 150 times a day at each crossing.

Technology and the law allows for options and McLaughlin is hoping the grassroots push for a little more peace and quiet catches on.

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