Excitement abounds in my house tonight!  Tonight the City Council passed by a vote of 8-1 to proceed with development of a Quiet Zone.  Although most of the discussion was that the city was creating safer crossings, once the crossings are made safer, these crossings will qualify as a QZ and the trains will no longer blow their horns except in emergencies.
The Public Works people will begin designing the improvements with construction to begin in the spring or summer of 2011.  Because permits are needed and the city must work with the Federal Railroad Administration, ODOT Rail, and the Union Pacific, the hope is that two years from now, NO MORE HORNS !!!
Thank you all for your support over the years.  I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that this all goes as planned but our work is over.  Now it’s up to the city to complete the project.
Alan Scott, Chair

See the related story in the Statesman Journal here.