Harried Town of Hamburg residents who have long dealt with shrill whistles from passing trains at Rogers and Cloverbank roads will be resting easier this month thanks to the creation of a “quiet zone” announced today by Sen. Charles E. Schumer.
“Hamburg residents will no longer have to put up with hundreds of trains blasting their horns day in and day out, and can look forward again to peace and quiet in their community,” Schumer said.
The “quiet zone” is a section of a rail line at least one-half mile in length along which barriers are constructed to prevent vehicular access. It prevents the need for a train to sound its horn.
Schumer, D-N.Y., who helped secure $475,000 in federal funding to finance the project, said the Hamburg quiet zone will go into effect June 24.
The Town of Hamburg has eight surface crossings and more than 12 miles of freight track that carry at least 100 trains a day through populated residential areas. Approximately 20,000 town residents live within audible range of these tracks, Schumer said.
Under the federal Train Horn Rule, locomotive engineers must begin to sound train horns at least 15 seconds, and no more than 20 seconds, in advance of all public grade crossings. The maximum volume level for the train horn is 110 decibels, which is a new requirement. The minimum sound level remains at 96 decibels.