Why can’t the City just designate the crossing as “Quiet Zones” and have the trains not sound their horns?
For a rail crossing to be designated as a Quiet Zone, other safety measure must be implemented. These measures include installing channelizing curb, closing entrances and exits within a certain distance of the crossing, and upgraded crossing arms. Cost for these measures can be prohibitive.

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1. Why can’t the City just designate the crossing as “Quiet Zones” and have the trains not sound their horns?
2. Why doesn’t the Elk River just build quiet zones like other Cities (Ramsey, Coon Rapids, Fridley) have?
3. Why are the trains sounding their horn after the quiet zone/wayside horns have been installed?
4. How does the engineer in the train know to not sound his horn?
5. What happens if the power is out or the wayside horns are damaged?