Train horn quiet zone goes into effect in Muscatine on Friday

A train horn quiet zone will be implemented Friday in downtown Muscatine. 

Effective at 12:01 a.m., the Canadian Pacific engineers will no longer blow the locomotives' horns on their approach to crossings from the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge to Carver Corner in Muscatine.

“It has been years in the making,” said Dave Gobin, Community Development Director for the City of Muscatine.

In fact, Canadian Pacific was the one who brought the idea to the City of Muscatine.

“They contacted us and wanted to establish a quiet zone in Muscatine,” Gobin said. “Sparked by their interest, the idea just snowballed from there.”

Canadian Pacific notified the City of Muscatine on February 8, 2018, that they accepted the “Notice of Establishment” for the City of Muscatine’s new quiet zone and would honor the new 24-hour quiet zone.

The City of Muscatine worked with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Office of Rail Transportation in the Iowa Department of Transportation, Canadian Pacific, and the engineering firm of Bolton & Menk to establish the quiet zone in Muscatine.

The main purpose of establishing the Quiet Zone was to assist businesses and to assist residences who live near the railroad tracks in the downtown area.

“Every 10 decibels that we can reduce that noise increases the value of the property affected by that noise,” Gobin said. “The quiet zone also makes the downtown area a better place to live and creates a better atmosphere for investment.”

Although the quiet zone was privately funded, it still took the City of Muscatine working with Canadian Pacific along with state and federal agencies to bring the zone into reality.


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