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As rail traffic in Shakopee has picked up in the past few years, so has opposition to the trains’ blaring horns.
The City Council has been considering the implementation of a “quiet zone,” an area downtown where the trains wouldn’t sound their horns.
But such a change comes with a price: $2 million to $5 million for the necessary safety upgrades, according to a study commissioned by the city. And a representative of Union Pacific said the railroad believes quiet zones make crossings more dangerous for cars and people.
More study is needed, said Council Member Matt Lehman, a member of the city’s Railroad Safety Committee.
“That’s a lot of money to stop a whistle that’s been blowing for over 100 years,” he said.