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In late February, elected officials from across northern Colorado met with Congressman Jared Polis to discuss infrastructure. Among the topics they discussed was the train horn noise that Loveland and Fort Collins residents are especially familiar with. Loveland City Councilman Dave Clark has stated he wants the rule changed back to allow for quieter horns. Polis and other representatives sent a letter to Ronald Batory, the new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator, stating the Train Horn Rule “does not take into account technological advancements or the unique situations communities in Colorado and across the country have with diverse railway crossings.” Batory, sworn in on February 28, 2018, is being urged to consider more flexibility and additional quiet zone regulations. This comes after the FRA asked for feedback on the Train Horn Rule in March 2016 and after a Railroad Safety Report was released in October 2017 by the Government Accountability Office recommending a revised methodology for analyzing safety of quiet zones and guidance for quiet zone inspections.
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