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Published November 18, 2009, 01:28 AM

GF City Looking At Quiet Zones Again

The City of Grand Forks could soon be a little quieter. Tuesday some city council members talked about possibly silencing horns on most trains going through town.

By: Casey Wonnenberg, WDAZ

The City of Grand Forks could soon be a little quieter.

Tuesday some city council members talked about possibly silencing horns on most trains going through town.

Grand Forks City Council members have looked at the idea of a quiet zone before...but preliminary reports showed it would have cost millions of dollars.

Tonight the safety service standby committee heard it would only cost around $150,000 dollars.

But what exactly would the quiet zone mean for people in town?

It means trains would not use their horns when crossing streets.

That would include all railroad crossings in city limits...aside from those near the State Mill.

The crossings would have to have other safety measures though.

Earl Haugen from the Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization says, "The gates, the lights, the little power out indicator, and this constant warning timeā€¦until you have those four, you are not eligible to quiet that crossing."

Most council members at Tuesday's meeting appeared in favor of the quiet zone.

If you would like to know more information about the idea or if you would like to voice your opinion, there will be an open house at 6:30 on Thursday night at Grand Forks City Hall.

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