Robert B., a regular reader of MayorSlay.com, recently sent me a note complaining about noise from trains signaling (HONK, HONK, honk honk) as they passed through crossings near his home in southwest city. He asked me why the City couldn’t designate itself a train whistle “quiet zone” as other densely populated areas have — and as the City used to be.
For the last several years railroad companies have been operating under an Interim Rule, which they interpreted as requiring them to sound locomotive horns as a warning to highway users at all public highway-rail crossings. On June 24, 2005, the feds issued a new Final Rule on the Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings. Following the guidelines in that new rule, I have sent letters to the railroad companies informing them that our crossings are duly-established Quiet Zones. Mr. B. can expect an improvement soon.