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House bill would silence train horns in suburbs during off-peak hours


Last month, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced H.R. 4116, a bill that would prohibit trains from sounding horns at crossings during non-rush-hour periods.

The legislation would amend a section of U.S. Code Title 49 to prohibit the U.S. Department of Transportation from requiring trains to sound horns in suburban areas during non-peak traffic hours. Locomotive engineers could decide when it’s necessary to sound horns during non-peak hours.

“It is understandable for a train horn to sound during busy rush-hour periods, but it makes no sense to wake up an entire neighborhood late at night when no road traffic or pedestrians are present and when the crossing’s gates are activated,” said McCarthy in a prepared statement.

H.R. 4116 has been referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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