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Study could determine whether trains stop blowing horns

CATLIN -- Some residents say train noise is out of control and they don't know how to stop it.
CATLIN -- Some residents say train noise is out of control and they don't know how to stop it. But, one group might have the answer.

The Danville Area Transportation Study Group wants to stop trains from blowing horns in neighborhoods. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley finds out why.

If the crossing meets a certain criteria, the railroad is not required to blow its horn. The group argues the noise diminishes quality of life in the area and most people agree. How would you feel if a train whistle was your alarm clock?

"They just lay on the horn and blare really loud, middle of the night."

"Like every 15, 20 minutes."

People with the Danville Area Transportation Study say they've heard a lot of these complaints. That's why they're putting together a plan so people here can enjoy the sounds of silence.

It's called a Quiet Zone Study. If approved, consultants would visit crossings near populated areas to see if the trains could be silenced.

"I think that would be a good idea."

In order for trains to be silenced in those highly-populated areas, crossing gates have to upgraded. Both lanes must be blocked at every stop. For the most part, residents love the idea.

"It's just too noisy. Way too noisy."

"My biggest thing is when they just lay on the horns all the way through town."

But some say, that loud noise is a helpful warning.

"I think they're loud and I think they're wonderful."

"If they make a lot of noise at a crossing, they could save someone's life."

This is in its early stages, but if approved, the consultant could be hired in December.
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