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Loud Trains Bugging People In Streator

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2010

After numerous complaints from the public, the Streator City Council could try to silence trains rolling through town.

The council is having a workshop meeting today at three and one of the things they’ll talk about is possible railroad quiet zones.  People living along the BNSF line say they’re tired of hearing the blaring whistles from over 100 trains a day.  Before you say the people should’ve known what they were getting into by living next to tracks, City Manager Paul Nicholson says the number of trains has gone up since many people moved in.

Nicholson says the first step in creating a quiet zone is a feasibility study to see how much it’ll cost to close crossings completely off to cars.  The trains wouldn’t need to sound whistles if there weren’t cars or people to worry about.

Nicholson says there’s federal money available for the feasibility study but the cost of closing a half dozen crossings would be substantial to the city.

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