Sen. Bennet to talk train horns with northern Colorado officials Monday
November 29, 2013
Windsor mayor John Vazquez, town manager Kelly Arnold and Greeley public works director Joel Hemesath will join other northern Colorado government officials and talk train horns with U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., in Fort Collins at 11 a.m. Monday.
According to a news release from Bennet's office, the senator will speak with local city officials from Windsor, Greeley, Fort Collins, Loveland and Longmont about train horn regulations and their effect on Colorado communities.
The meeting comes on the heels of an announcement by the Federal Rail Administration that it would reassess its regulations around train horns, responding to efforts from Bennet, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and leaders of local communities who had reported that the loud noise from the horns was stifling economic development in downtown areas.
The meeting will take place at the D'Vine Bistro, 160 W. Oak St., Fort Collins.
The town of Windsor secured a $2.7 million competitive grant in August to establish quiet zones in two of its residential neighborhoods.
Train horn noise has been a huge problem in Windsor, and the grant-funded project will reduce train noise, improve public safety and include the construction of new and additional safety measures at 10 public crossings. The grant will be funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program.