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Study Could Mean Quiet Zones for Railroads

DANVILLE -- A Danville Area Transportation Study could mean positive changes for residents near railroad tracks.

Organizers say the Quiet Zone Study is in response to community desires and loud horns from locomotives through Danville affect the quality of life for residents near the tracks.

But the study still needs to be approved by the city which could happen as early as next month.

At that time, data will be collected to determine if quiet zones can be established without negatively affecting the safety at railroad crossings.

If the study is approved to move forward, officials say the findings could be submitted in may of next year.

The city could then act on the recommendations which could mean quiet zones would be established pending safety measures like double armed gates.

The study is federally funded but the city would have to match that by providing the staff.

ABC NewsChannel 15's Heather Good Reports