Denver – Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R), along with U.S. Representative Ken Buck (R-CO-4) announced the City of Longmont has been awarded a $4 million grant to create quiet zones and improve safety, which Bennet, Gardner, and Buck advocated for in October of last year. The Department of Transportation (DOT) grant awarded, in conjunction with Longmont’s local match funding, will go toward the $8 million Railroad Crossing Safety Project to address safety and noise improvements in the city.
Rail traffic through Longmont has doubled over the last 10 years. Due to a rule that requires trains to sound their horn at all crossings that don’t satisfy federal safety requirements – of which Longmont has 17 – train horns have sounded more frequently and more intensely in the community. This funding will enable the city to install the sufficient safety equipment to keep trains from sounding their horns, creating quiet zones in the city.
“This is great news for Longmont residents and businesses, and a great example of how we can help local governments leverage their investments in infrastructure improvements,” said Bennet. “The noise from train horns has created a substantial burden on the local community and quality of life for Longmont residents for years, and this funding will go a long way toward providing much needed relief.”
“I’ve been proud to work with my colleagues to support our local communities in their efforts to address train horn noise and today’s announcement is exciting news,” said Gardner. “It is important we provide our communities with sufficient flexibility, and I’m pleased the Department of Transportation recognized the importance of this project and will award this crucial grant to bolster safety and create quiet zones.”
“Thank you Transportation Secretary Chao for fulfilling the City of Longmont’s grant request for their Railroad Crossing Safety Project,” said Buck. “This grant will go a long way in not only enhancing train corridor safety, but in relieving residents of the growing intensity and frequency of burdensome noise disturbances from the nearly 20 trains that run through the city each day.”
“The City of Longmont is excited to learn that we have received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation,” said Harold Dominguez, Longmont city manager. “The funding represents a significant step in our ability to create quiet zones throughout our community. As one of the City Council’s top priorities, adding quiet zones will improve the quality of life by enhancing safety and reducing noise at railroad crossings in Longmont. We want to thank Senators Bennet and Gardner and Representative Buck for their shared commitment and support in making this possible for the Longmont community.”
The grant awarded is part of the DOT’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program.