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Tuesday, January 04, 2011    C&S

Texas town to designate five quiet zones


Tomorrow, the city of Frisco, Texas, will establish quiet zones at five grade crossings. The designated quiet zones will prohibit engineers from sounding a train’s horn when approaching the crossings, except in an emergency.

Since 2007, the city has been working with BNSF Railway Co. to improve intersections and upgrade crossings to meet the Federal Railroad Administration’s train horn rule and quiet zone requirements. For example, the city needed to ensure each crossing featured certain supplemental safety measures, including gates, flashing lights and median barriers.

Today, city workers are installing warning signs at the crossings before the quiet zones take effect. The signs indicate no train horns will sound. Engineers will be allowed to sound a train’s horn to warn motorists, trespassers, crews on other trains or animals during an emergency situation at the crossings.

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