Fort Scott Quiet Zones

By Bryan McLoone |

Published 02/27 2014 06:25PM

Updated 02/27 2014 07:09PM

FORT SCOTT, KS.--- Fort Scott is working to quiet the trains that come through the city. The city could soon have what's called "quiet zones." Those will be areas where trains will not blow their horns when passing through the city. Trains often sound to warn cars not to cross the tracks, but sometimes they can be a nuisance. One local manager will be happy when quiet zones go into full effect.

Nate Lyons is accustomed to the shrill noise a train makes when coming through Fort Scott.   

"It's loud, if you're standing outside where we are today, if a train goes by, it's difficult to have a conversation," said Nate Lyons, Twin Mansion Bed and Breakfast General Manager. 

Lyons is a general manager of a bed and breakfast in the city. His business is meant to be a calming experience for guests, so when a train blows their horn, patrons often comment about the noise.

"We actually provide earplugs for our guest as a courtesy," said Lyons. 

"We have 27 trains that go through here in a course of 24 hours," said David Martin, Fort Scott City Manager. 

Fort Scott City Manager David Martin says train "quiet zones" will soon be implemented. These zones are where the tracks and city streets intersect.

"They will quit sounding their horns, at a certain length as they go, as they approach those intersections," said Martin. 

Martin says trains blow horns to warn cars it's coming. The city is working to put up better barriers at seven intersections to stop cars from crossing the tracks.

"There has to be the proper hands that come down, and there also has to be a very long median down the center so that people can't just easily drive around those," said Martin. 

Both Martin and Lyons agree, quieting the loud noises will benefit the city.

"I think we will see more of a increase in tourism, and a lot of people who have lived here will be happy, too," said Lyons. 

"Having a quiet zone is going to, well, just bring a lot of peace and quiet in general," said Martin. 

Martin says the full project will cost up to one million dollars. Crews will tackled the project "street by street" to see how much money each intersection will cost. They'll start with Wall Street, 6th Street, and 10th Street. Martin says this looks like to be a multi-year project. 

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