Cambridge Residents Up In Arms Over Loud Train Horns

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CAMBRIDGE (WBZ-AM) -- The Sherman Street railroad crossing used to be considered a quiet zone by the Federal Railroad Administration--but now it isn't anymore, and MBTA Commuter Rail trains are sounding their horns. Cambridge City Councilor Jan Devereux told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Doug Cope that the train horns get pretty loud. 

"The horns are now being sounded every time a train passes, and many times a day, even yesterday on the Fourth of July, I was hearing horns at my house, and I don't live particularly close to the tracks," she said. "It was an unpleasant surprise."

Devereux said the city is looking into ways to fix the problem.

"They, I believe, are also looking into whether some physical adjustments to the roadway, or the way the crossing is marked and signaled, need to be made in order to qualify as an official quiet zone," she said.

An MBTA spokesperson said federal regulations require train horns to sound, unless the crossing has been approved as a quiet zone. 

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Doug Cope (@dcopewbz) reports

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