North Idahoans Want Trains to Quiet Down
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Officials in the northern Idaho city of Sandpoint are considering a proposed railroad quiet zone. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that residents are complaining about the constant sounding of train horns that result in a loss to quality of life in town. Council members are scheduled to discuss the quiet zone on Wednesday. The Federal Railroad Administration would have to approve any request for a quiet zone.
Should a quiet zone be created, six railway crossings would have to be outfitted with safety equipment. The area has seen an increase in train traffic with trains carrying crude oil and coal.