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Train whistle warnings could be no more in Rapid City

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A lot of cities across KOTA Territory have train tracks that run right through the middle of town.

And when those tracks meet with city streets the trains are required to blow their whistle as a warning.

But, what if there were a safe way to silence the train whistle?

Rapid City's Ward 2 Councilman, Ritchie Nordstrom says people who live and work near train crossings without gates have complained to him about train noise and he wants to do something about it.

His plans, which are still in early development, would call for private investors or to look at using the vision fund to add gated crossings.

If a crossing is gated trains don't have to whistle every time they pass.

Right now, Nordstrom says this is just an idea,but if funding can be obtained,he hopes it can become reality.

"If we can get these quiet zones in place there is a possibility the trains could move through that half mile much quicker through the city, so we won't have to contend with traffic blocking and stop and long lines of vehicles at the crossings," said Nordstrom

 

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