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Published August 06, 2010, 10:33 AM

Train horns silenced in Medora

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — The southwest North Dakota tourist town of Medora on Friday was implementing a "quiet zone" for train horns.

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — The southwest North Dakota tourist town of Medora on Friday was implementing a "quiet zone" for train horns.

The zones involve safety upgrades at street crossings that eliminate the need for trains to sound their horns to alert traffic and pedestrians.

Several other North Dakota cities have quiet zones or are exploring the idea. The Federal Railroad Administration has to give final approval.

The quiet zone process in Medora took about 1 1/2 years and cost nearly $200,000. City, county and state money was used.

Mayor Doug Ellison says that in his two decades in the town, train horns have been the biggest complaint.

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