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Jun 18, 2013 5:02 PM by Juice Godfrey

Colorado senators seek federal train horn limits

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall are asking a Senate panel to reconsider Federal Railroad Administration safety regulations requiring trains to sound their horns when approaching and passing through crossings.

The lawmakers say municipal leaders from Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Greeley, Windsor and Denver have expressed concerns that train horn noise is a nuisance for local residents and that it stifles economic development.

According to the Longmont Times-Call, communities can apply for federal permission to create quiet zones where train horn rules can be relaxed if a municipality puts up barriers, warning signals and takes other measures to alert motorists and pedestrians about oncoming trains.

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