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Scottsbluff Mayor Frustrated with Wait for 'Quiet Zone' Approval

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Scottsbluff Mayor Randy Meininger says he is frustrated with the amount of time the city has been waiting for federal approval of a "quiet zone" that will silence train horns as they pass through town.

Meininger blames the government shutdown last fall for the delay in the Federal Railroad Administration's consideration of the request.

He says a federal official who needs to approve the zone has been on vacation, but says he's hopeful the approval will come soon.

In a quiet zone, railroads are directed to stop the routine sounding of their horns when approaching public highway-rail grade crossings but may still use them in an emergency.

A federal rule requires cities seeking to establish a quiet zone to take steps to reduce the safety impact from the absence of a horn.

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