In Maine, how much will quiet time cost Portlanders? Try $1.1 million

March 16, 2016

By Seth Koenig, Seth and the City, BDN Maine Network

If you live close enough to the train tracks in Portland, you can probably hear the somewhat frequent, dull rumble of both freight and passenger trains passing through.Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

What you don’t hear is the sounding of horns when those trains cross over city streets.

That’s because Portland is a federally designated quiet zone. Essentially, the Federal Railroad Administration has agreed that the city has implemented enough safety measures to deter cars and pedestrians from getting in the pathways of oncoming trains without those trains having to blow their horns.

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