One central Illinois town considering becoming a train quiet zone

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LINCOLN, Ill. (WAND) - Lincoln city officials are seeking the public's opinion on becoming a quiet zone.

A railway quiet zone requires trains to silence their horns during a specific period of time.  

Alderman Tracy Welch says a resident approached the council, wondering if anything could be done about the noisy trains. 

"There are many people that live near the trains so when the trains come through, it wakes people up and disrupts business," Welch says. 

Seth Goodman, the mayor of Lincoln, says quieting the trains would be convenient for people who live in the town, but worries about safety issues. 

"It's part of living in a town that is privileged to have a railroad go through, if you will have that noise and its just a part of life," he said. 

City council opened a public survey to get feedback from residents. Welch says so far, the majority is leaning toward voting no. 

"We have a survey result on the city, and it's about 1-to-1 right now," Welch says. "(It's) leaning not in favor of the quiet zone."

On average, 19 trains travel through the town a day. There is no deadline to complete the survey. City Council encourages the community to keep voting.

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