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Danville-Area Planners To Study Train Quiet Zones


Danville-area officials say they will consider creating quiet zones where train whistles could not be blown.

Jaclyn Marganski is director of the local Metropolitan Planning Organization. She said the agency will study the possibility of quiet zones because noise is a quality-of-life issue for people who live near the tracks.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that train noise has increased because more trains are coming through the area.
Marganski said the study might identify crossings where trains horns could no longer be sounded. She said that could be made possible by adding double-extension crossing gates to prevent vehicles from going them.
The noise study would be done along with another one on crossing safety. The safety study already has been contracted, and Marganski says the quiet-zone study will be bid soon.