LONGMONT SEEKS FED GRANT FOR QUIET ZONES

The Denver Post - - NEWS | DENVER & THE WEST - — Longmont Times-Call

Longmont res­i­dents up­set about the blar­ing of horns as trains pass through town could be in for some re­lief, if lo­cal-govern­ment part­ners in a joint ap­pli­ca­tion are suc­cess­ful in get­ting a fed­eral grant to help pay for cre­at­ing quiet zones at rail­road cross­ings.

City Coun­cil mem­bers voted Tues­day to join Boul­der, Boul­der County and Louisville in seek­ing a $7 mil­lion fed­eral grant — to be matched by about $4.6 mil­lion from the lo­cal gov­ern­ments — to make safety im­prove­ments at as many as 28 of BNSF’s cross­ings. The Fed­eral Rail­road Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quires such im­prove­ments to re­duce or elim­i­nate the re­quire­ment that train en­gi­neers blow their train as they ap­proach and pass through pub­lic cross­ings.

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