Work on “quiet zone” continues

Work continues on the city of Columbus’ efforts to institute a “quiet zone” through the city. Such a zone will allow trains to pass through the city without sounding their horns at every railroad crossing. Tim Oster, a project manager from CTC Inc., a railroad signaling company working on behalf of the city, says his team is meeting Tuesday with Federal Railroad Administration officials. He talks about needs to happen before a quiet zone can become a reality…

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Oster says his company has a history helping to establish quiet zones.

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While the total costs have yet to be determined, Oster says there will be considerable expenses.

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The city is looking at improvements at four rail crossings: State Road 46/State Road 11, Fifth Street, Eighth Street and 11th Street. Initial estimates to upgrade all four sites is $1 million. Oster says any work at the crossings is at least a year away.