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Train horns muted in Orange under rail safety program

February 23, 2011 |  5:08 pm

Quiet zones have been established at all 16 railroad crossing in Orange, giving residents a reprieve from frequent soundings of train horns.

A part of the Orange County Transportation Authority’s rail safety program, the quiet zones relieve train engineers from the requirement of sounding their horns up to four times when they approach a crossing. Now when entering a designated quiet zone, an engineer will sound the horn only if traveling through a construction area or if required for safety reasons.

Improvements at crossings include upgraded warning devices, additional gate arms, extended and raised street medians, improved signage and coordinated traffic signals.


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