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Mesa announces eight railroad crossings will be 'quiet zones'

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Posted at 9:09 AM, Jul 09, 2020

MESA, AZ — The City of Mesa announced Wednesday that eight traffic crossings over a stretch of Union Pacific Railroad track on Dobson Road will now be designated as "quiet zones."

These zones “allow for less noise pollution while still providing options to maintain safety standards along a rail corridor," the city said in a statement.

The announcement, made alongside the Federal Railroad Administration and the Arizona Corporation Commission, prohibits the use of routine train horns at those locations, effective July 8.

In order to qualify for the quiet zone label, “Mesa has upgraded certain railroad gates, traffic control signs, and added medians at certain crossings to assure that this railroad section qualifies for a quiet zone designation,” the statement said.

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