Constituent Services
Higgins Secures $80,000 for Hamburg Railroad Track Quiet Zone
June 15, 2006
Brings Peace and Quiet to Local Residents
Buffalo, NY—Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced $80,000 for the construction of a railroad track quiet zone in Hamburg.  The funds will be used to install safety measures at six railroad crossings, allowing for the designation of the quiet zone, which will span a 12-mile length of track and bring peace and quiet to local residents. This funding is included in the Fiscal Year 2007 Transportation, Treasury, and HUD (TTHUD) Appropriations bill, passed in the House of Representatives last night.
The Town of Hamburg has eight grade railroad crossings over a 12-mile length of track.  20,000 residents, seven schools, and several recreational facilities lie within hearing range of the railroad tracks.  Over the past two years, the Town of Hamburg has been attempting to establish the quiet zone.  Under Federal Railroad Administration Train Horn Rule, local communities are allowed to designate quiet areas, in which trains are not permitted to sound their horns.  Additional track safety measures must be in place, however, to allow trains to run without horns through residential areas.  Mountable medians with reflective channelization devices will be installed at each railroad crossing, providing a 200 foot long barrier shielding automobiles and pedestrians from passing trains. 
“Safety is the top priority in the establishment of this quiet zone,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Creating this zone will be of enormous benefit to the residents of Hamburg.  Quality of life will increase for those 20,000 residents residing within hearing range of the tracks.  These funds will also ensure that daily activities at Hamburg schools are not disrupted by loud train horns, all while maintaining railroad safety.”       

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