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Making Galesburg Quieter


"You can't go anywhere in Galesburg without hearing a train."

This is a popular sentence in Galesburg. 

Nearly 300 trains pass though it everyday. 

Blaring their horns at every crossing.

It's a sound that people there have been dealing with for years - but it could soon be coming to an end. 

The city government - led by the work of the city engineer Wayne Carl - is trying to implement quiet zones on several sections of track.

Places where trains can't blow their horns. 

But that will cost Galesburg - over $400,000 for one stretch of track that sees over 100 trains every day.

Part of the cost is new and improved rail arms that will warn motorists of an oncoming, silent train, more efficiently. 

"It will measure the speed of the train and determine how much time before the gate arm comes down." says Carl "The same amount of time before the arms drops whether the train is going 40 miles per hour or 20."

But it's not just motorists who will be keeping safe. 

Pedestrians will be seeing new mazes pop up at train intersections - made for a simple purpose.

"The mazes are just some fencing that forces the pedestrians to go left, forward and then right. The idea is for the pedestrian to look both ways before they cross." Car explains. 

All of the changes are mandated by the Federal Railroad Association - when cities apply for quiet zones. 

But for many - these changes are well worth the money it means getting some peace and quiet in the future.