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Illinois village creates nine quiet zones


Earlier this month, nine grade crossings in the village of Orland Park, Ill., were designated as quiet zones, which prevent locomotive engineers from sounding a train’s horn unless they believe dangerous conditions are present at a crossing.

The village worked with Metra to ensure necessary safety improvements were completed to meet quiet zone requirements, said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin in a prepared statement.

To comply with the Federal Railroad Administration’s quiet zone regulations, a crossing must incorporate supplemental safety measures, such as four-quadrant gate systems, medians or channelization devices.

The village of Palos Park funded improvements at one of the crossings.

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