Republic gets public’s input on potential railroad ‘quiet zones’

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REPUBLIC, Mo. – The city of Republic is asking it’s citizens to give their input on loud train horns that sound throughout the city.

Thursday, Republic held a “Quiet Zone Q & A,” to hear from residents and get their opinions about the possibility of changing some of the city’s railroad crossings to quiet zones. This would mean no horn would sound for an approaching train to a crossing. Instead, to ensure safety, concrete lane barriers would be put in place.

“It’s becoming more of an issue in recent years. Republic is on a railroad line and so with a railroad line comes a lot of trains and a lot of train horn noise and that’s gotten to be a bigger issue in recent years since train traffic has increased,” Michael Landis said, a Republic public information officer.

So far, survey responses have been both supportive of the quiet zones as well as supportive of the train horns.

“My family and I live about a block maybe fifty yards,” Bill Dorman said, a Republic resident. “The thing we learned we didn’t necessarily know when we moved here is just how active this particular train line is. Over the two years, sort of, the troubles that come with it.”

There are some people who are unhappy with the quiet zones.

“There’s a lot of people that like the sound of train horns I mean republic was built around the railroad so the railroad and the trains have been here for, I don’t know, almost a 150 years,” Landis said. “Some people grew up hearing the trains. Some people just like the sound of them.”

Republic is now the largest community in the area on a mainline railroad that does not have any quiet zones.

The city says they aren’t sure how much the project could cost because they’ve already updated some railroad crossings.

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