July 17, 2019

Congressman Neguse Requests GAO Review of Ways to Reduce Train Horn Noise

Washington D.C.— In response to constituent concerns, Congressman Neguse sent a letter to the Comptroller General of the United States inquiring about ways to combat train horn noise in Colorado’s urban areas. Congressman Neguse has asked that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a review of the ways to reduce train horn noise in all urban areas throughout the United States. Cities and counties across Colorado’s Front Range, including Fort Collins and Boulder County, experience noise from train horns at all hours of the day and night, disrupting individuals and businesses. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) allows localities to qualify for Quiet Zones, where there is reduced train horn noise at rail crossings if they meet specific safety requirements, however due to the high costs of implementation, some cities are unable to meet these requirements. 

“Noise pollution is not only an inconvenience but a health risk and an economic concern that must be addressed.” said Congressman Neguse. “Constituents are often disturbed in late hours of the night and early in the morning, compromising their health and wellbeing. It is imperative that we find a solution that ensures the safety of urban communities while also preserving public health and limiting the impacts on local businesses.”

The Congressman has asked that GAO give guidance to communities who are unable to meet the traditional Quiet Zone requirements on the specific conditions required to be granted Quiet Zone exemptions from the FRA, in addition to suggesting new ways cities can safely reduce train noise.