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Published November 19, 2010, 10:27 AM

Medora not happy with not-so-quiet 'quiet zone'

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Residents of Medora aren't happy that a new "quiet zone" for train horns in the city isn't quite so quiet.

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Residents of Medora aren't happy that a new "quiet zone" for train horns in the city isn't quite so quiet.

The zones involve safety upgrades at street crossings that eliminate the need for trains to sound their horns to alert traffic and pedestrians. In Medora, nearly $200,000 was spent on upgrades, but trains are still blowing their horns.

Mayor Doug Ellison tells The Dickinson Press that the horns sound at all hours of the day and night.

BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth says train horns are for safety, and that a quiet zone designation only means that a horn is not automatically required at a crossing. The city's quiet zone contract has a clause that says conductors still may choose to sound their horns.

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