Lack of action by feds delaying quiet zone implementation

New federal regulations continue to delay implementation of the rail quiet zone in Scottsbluff.

City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says the Federal Railroad Administration is now in charge of waiving a continuous signal to the operator at a rail siding. But he says the lack of action by the feds on waiving is the requirement is why activation of the quiet zone has dragged on. Kuckkahn says the feds indicated they would put the situation "on a fast track" but they have not acted despite repeated requests. Kuckkahn admits it is "frustrating."

The original timeline for getting the quiet zone implemented was June 4th before the new regulation kicked in. Whenever the change does occur it means trains horns will cease and there will be no audible signals from the trains.

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