03.04.16

Gardner Announces Train Horn Rule Public Comment Period

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is reopening the train horn rule for public comment. The public comment period will last for 120 days before the FRA will make a final decision on whether to change the existing rule. The current train horn rule, which went into effect in 2005, has had significant impacts on communities along Colorado’s Front Range. 

Gardner sent a letter to FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg on December 11, 2015 expressing disappointment the agency denied a quiet-zone waiver for Fort Collins and asked the FRA to reopen the train horn rule. He followed up with a letter on December 18, 2015 asking the Administrator to meet with Front Range communities that have been negatively impacted by this rule. 

Last year, when Congress passed a long term authorization of surface transportation programs with the FAST Act, Senator Gardner included an amendment requiring the Government Accountability Office to conduct an independent review of the train horn rule. 

“I am pleased the Federal Railroad Administration is reopening the train horn rule for public comment, which allows local Colorado communities to play a role in this process,” said Gardner. “The current rule is not effectively serving Front Range communities with rail lines running through their city centers, and I am committed to seeing a final rule that continues to prioritize safety, while also acknowledging the needs of individual communities.”

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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