Post Number: 2
|Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 01:15 pm: |
We just recently moved into Cheyenne Crossing and have a few questions about the railroad tracks that run between Starwood and our development, crossing Legacy.
Is there any information on when the train runs? Are there any regulations for the operators, like no horn blowing? Who can we go to lodge complaints about the noise?
We have noticed that there is no consistent traffic. One day we may see one, then the next day we will hear them at 2AM, 4AM, 5AM all while we are trying to sleep.
The noise is very loud and we were under the assumption from our builder that the trains only come by in the day and maybe 2-3 times a day at that! This is hardly the case.
|Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 10:17 am: |
Federal law require trains to sound their horns 1,500 feet before every crossing, to inform motorists of the oncoming train. There are not regulations regarding the use of the tracks or schedules for trains because the number of trains using the line varies.
The railline is a major line within the rail system.
You can contact Joe Faust, Director of Public Affairs for BNSF at 817-867-6427.
|Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 01:20 pm: |
Some of the Class 1 railroads in the US have been testing a system where the warning horns are placed on the crossing itself. This then takes the place of the locomotive sounding the warning prior to the crossing and greatly reduces the noise "footprint" of the warnings.
Could the city discuss this option with BNSF as way of reducing the impact the train has on near by neighborhoods?
At least with this system the houses 1/4 mile from the crossing would not be subjected to nearly as high a decibel level as they currently experience.
|Posted on Monday, May 05, 2003 - 01:18 pm: |
I have visited with several other coworkers regarding your inquiry. The City submitted a grant to North Central Texas Council of Governements (NCTCOG) for a silent crossing at CR 712. This project was not selected. The cost for this improvement was estimated between $350,000 to $400,000.
Brian Moen, City's Traffic Engineer, has explored in detail the system that the City of Richardson, Tx., has been testing. The cost for the horn system is similar to the silent crossing.
For further information on the silent crossing, I suggest that you call Brian Moen at 972-335-5580 ext. 196.