No Downtown Quiet Zone For Fort Collins, Feds Say

Federal regulators have denied a request from the city of Fort Collins to set up a quiet zone so trains won’t blast their horns when going through the downtown area.

The city petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration last March asking for a one-point-one mile-long quiet zone through the city.

The agency told Fort Collins on Friday it will not grant a waiver of its rule that trains sound their horns before crossing public streets. Regulators cited concerns for safety along tracks that run through the downtown area.

The Coloradoan reports regulators left open the possibility of reviewing the decision if safety requirements can be met. Those include installing gates with flashing lights at every street crossing.