Writer responds to complaints over train whistle noise

In response to two recent letters from readers regarding train whistles, I must say I am getting sick of this talk. The topic has been brought up before several times. The purpose of train whistles is for additional warning, as some people don’t like to heed the crossing arms and warning lights. There are requirements to the infrastructure that must be in place for the quiet crossing some people have requested; these requirements include medians that can’t be crossed. The cost to make road improvements to comply with that requirement would be millions of dollars as discovered several years back when I last saw this topic discussed. Bottom line, it was determined it would not be prudent to put these quiet crossings in. If train whistles bother you that much please don’t locate yourself near train crossings. — Nicholas Scouten, Zimmerman


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