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Final Rule on the Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings

 In response to a legislative mandate, FRA has issued a Final Rule on the Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings.

This final rule requires that locomotive horns be sounded as a warning to highway users at public highway-rail crossings, providing an opportunity for thousands of localities nationwide to mitigate the effects of train horn noise by establishing new "quiet zones."

The rule also details actions communities with pre-existing "whistle bans" can take to preserve the quiet they have become accustomed to.

Regulations 

Federal Regulations about the Use of Train Horns at Crossings

  • e-CFR part 222 - Train Horns at Crossings and Quiet Zones
  • e-CFR part 229.129 - Sound Level Requirements for Train Horns
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