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Federal Railroad Association says they're working to stop train horns in quiet zones

(WNDU)
Published: Oct. 10, 2017 at 5:27 PM EDT
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All day and all night from Monday to Tuesday, people living around the eastern train tracks are hearing train horns multiple times an hour.

"At least every half hour, If not, 45 minutes," John Zukowski said. "Sometimes even there's two trains within 15 minutes."

Neighbors, like Zukowski, have been dealing with the horns for the past couple of months, but thought it would finally be over at midnight on Tuesday.

"1:24 comes this train blowing its horn," Peggy Swihart said. "And then that got me thinking, 'Well, they're not complying.'"

Some neighbors say the sound has been so bad, it's ruining their quality of life and disturbing the peace in their neighborhoods.

"They're just laying it down, you know?" Zukowski said.

"They just lay it on." Swihart said.

When that sound is going on all night long, it can take it's toll.

"I have to wear earplugs when I got to sleep," Zukowski said. "I decided not to wear those earplugs last night. I was up all night. Once I woke up once, I couldn't go back to sleep. I probably got 2 hours of sleep last night."

Having dealt with the issue for the last few months, some people have adapted, but would prefer if they didn't.

"There are some people, they don't mind the train whistles," Swihart said. "They find it peaceful. I don't."

"I've kind of gotten used to knowing that I'm not going to really be able to have conversations outside," Zukowski said. "I can't have cookouts, I can't invite anybody over. It's just really bad."

To help fix the problem, it's not much, but people can go online to file a complain with the federal railroad association, which is what is being encouraged by city officials.

"There's not much I can do except complain," Zukowski said. "And I've done that several times on the federal railroad administration's website."

"It'll go away just like most things taper off," Swihart said. "It'll get fixed and rectified."

If you need to find the FRA violation form to submit a complaint you can find it

The FRA told us, "On background, the South Bend quiet zone should have been reinstated on October 9. FRA is communicating with CN, NS, and Amtrak to confirm they have issued orders to train crews to cease routine locomotive horn sounding at the quiet zone crossings."

According to a group of neighbors monitoring the train whistles, since midnight until 8:30 A.M. on Tuesday, trains have been heard at the following times:

12:36 A.M.

12:46 A.M.

1:03 A.M.

2:00 A.M.

2:30 A.M.

2:45 A.M.

2:53 A.M.

3:05 A.M.

3:09 A.M.

3:23 A.M.

4:12 A.M.

4:34 A.M.

4:58 A.M.

5:09 A.M.

5:25 A.M.

7:11 A.M.

7:34 A.M.

7:42 A.M.

8:12 A.M.