South Bend Completes First Phase of Quiet Zone Project

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South Bend has completed the first phase of creating a quiet zone on the city's west side. The quiet zone, which is currently in effect for  the Norfolk Southern crossings at the Grandview Avenue, Meade Street and Olive Street, eliminates the routine use of train horns at railroad crossings. 

Pavement markings and signage have also been added to each of the three crossings in the quiet zone. The city reports that the track is responsible for nearly 90 trains per day that will now stop blowing their horns. 

 “Improving the safety of railroad crossings and eliminating train whistles in our city is a major first step in improving the quality-of-life for residents. Studies indicate consistent loud noises affect sleep, concentration, and cognitive development in children. It has been our goal to work with the City administration and the railroads for a quieter South Bend,” South Bend Common Council President Tim Scott said in a news release.

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