Thursday, July 31, 2014
Can Dorchester Silence The Train Horns After 10 P.M.?
It seems the trains running through Dorchester are starting to test the patience and nerves of some town residents.
Earlier this month, we reported on citizen complaints about the lengthy blockades occurring regularly at the town's railroad crossings due to stopped train cars.
Now, one resident is tell us he thinks it's time for Dorchester to consider imposing a quiet zone after 10 p.m. for both crossings entering town. He says it "makes little sense for trains moving 5 to 10 m.p.h. to blow their horns up to a dozen times long after most residents have gone to bed."
The resident who e-mailed informs us that south Lincoln (14th Street) is a "no horn" zone during the evening hours. He said local residents in that part of the Capital City requested the designation be made by the Lincoln City Council, which then had to work with Burlington Northern Santa Fe on the details.
According to a City of Lincoln website, a quiet zone is a minimum one-half mile long railroad corridor containing one or more public roadway crossings where train horns are not routinely sounded. All crossings must have flashing lights, gates, and constant warning before a quiet zone can be established. Train horns may still be sounded in the case of an equipment malfunction or if a person or vehicle is near the tracks.
Lincoln has four designated Quiet Zones, which include twelve crossings along the BNSF railroad.
We at the Times like the idea and think it would improve Dorchester's quality of life. And we thank the resident for e-mailing us this idea to share with readers.