Salt Lake Plans 'Quiet Zones' Near Train Tracks

Salt Lake Plans 'Quiet Zones' Near Train Tracks


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(KSL TV) The city of Salt Lake has laid out a plan for so called 'quiet zones' around train tracks -- in an effort to clear up hard feelings about trains running through resident neighborhoods.

Those who live in the Poplar Grove neighborhood had hoped that the trains would be banned from the 9th South line, but for right now the city says the best it can do is keep the trains quiet.

A new plan will restrict trains from blowing their horns at intersections to alert cars. Instead, a series of raised crossings will be built to keep cars out of the way of the trains.

D.J. Baxter/Assistant to Mayor Anderson: "ELIMINATING THE TRAIN WHISTLES IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO LIVE IN THE AREA. BUT WE HAVE NOT GIVEN UP AND WILL NOT GIVE UP ON THEIR EFFORT TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE TRAFFIC ON 900 SOUTH SOMEDAY."

The quiet zones will exist in the Glendale and Poplar Grove neighborhoods, as well as around the Gateway complex.

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