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Railroad Quiet Zone
The city of Asheville has asked Norfolk Southern Railroad to establish a "quiet zone" at the Lyman St. crossing in the River Arts District. A "quiet zone" means trains can't blow their whistle as they pass through except in an emergency situation. People who work and live near the train crossing say they have been asking for silence for several years. They say the train passes through many times per day and the whistle is so loud it disturbs their quality of life.
Norfolk Southern says they worked with the city to get the required equipment installed at the crossing before a quiet zone can go into effect. Asheville has filed a notice of intent to establish a quiet zone with the Federal Railroad Administration. There is a 60-day comment period, after which the railroad and the city will set a date that it becomes effective.