Novato freight train noise fears spur talk of "quiet zones"
- Published Thursday, February 22, 2007, by Marin Independent Journal
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By Brad Breithaupt
Plans to put freight trains back on Marin tracks got a public airing
last Thursday, and Novato Councilwoman Carole Dillon-Knutson stressed
there are concerns about noise.
Dillon-Knutson, a member of a SMART committee considering the train
plan, said there is interest among her Novato constituents to
establish "quiet zones" as the train travels through Novato.
"Quiet zones" <http://www.fra.dot.gov/us/content/1318> are methods
of reducing noise and addressing safety concerns.
Representatives of the North Coast Rail Authority
<http://www.northcoastrailroad.org>, which holds the right to run
freight on SMART tracks, outlined plans to start service mid-2008
with a six-trains-per-week schedule.
The trains, which would be operated by the privately run Northwestern
Pacific Railroad Co., would initially operate between Windsor and
Mitch Stogner, NCRA's executive director, said the program would
renew service that ended in 2001.
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