Batavia looks at ways to stop train noise
BATAVIA – It would cost an estimated $4 million to reduce train noise along the BNSF Railway spur track that runs through the city’s east side.
The Batavia City Council City Services Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave., to discuss the results of a study that consulting engineers Rempe-Sharpe of Geneva did on what improvements would have to be made to eight crossings in order to create quiet zones.
City Engineer Noel Basquin said the city has received complaints from residents in the past several years regarding train horn noise from the BNSF trains. Trains are required to blow their horns when approaching a railroad crossing not in a Federal Railroad Administration-approved quiet zone.
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