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Sacramento RT obtains FRA waiver to eliminate train horns

Residents living along the Sacramento Regional Transit District’s (RT) Gold Line will have a little more peace and quiet these days. The agency recently obtained a waiver from the Federal Railroad Administration to cease sounding train horns at most of the line’s grade crossings.

In June 2005, the FRA required RT to blow horns at all crossings it shared with Union Pacific Railroad. RT trains sounded horns prior to the federal train horn rule, but under new FRA requirements, horns had to be sounded longer and at a higher decibel, causing residents along the corridor to complain about noise.

RT train operators still must blow horns at one intersection and will adjust the sound at a few other intersections. Trains traveling along Folsom Boulevard from Florin-Perkins Road to Hazel Avenue will not sound horns.

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