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Canyon railroads may soon be safer and quieter

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Canyon, TX- Railroads in Canyon may soon be safer and much more quiet after dozens of residents complain.

Two railroads in Canyon may soon become quiet zones, meaning when a train is passing through, they will no longer have a loud whistle.

To make the areas quiet zones, the city along with BNSF will have to add medians to make sure cars cannot steer around lowered gates onto the tracks.

"Ninety nine percent of the vehicles on the road today will be unable to go around that barrier which means that when those gates are down, they will be safe," said Randy Criswell, Canyon City Manager.

Criswell says the changes came up after many residents signed a petition asking for the railroads to become quiet.

"It really started out more along the lines of quieting the whistles but the railroad is, they are smart enough to realize that you can't just quiet the whistles unless you do other things to make it safe. The whistles are there to make it safe, they are annoying but you can't hardly miss them," added Criswell.

Canyon resident Catherine Lee says safety is a concern of hers because she doesn't want anyone to get hurt but she is asking the city to make the changes because the trains can be an annoyance late at night.

Right now, the city is only looking at changing the railroads on 15th and 4th Streets, which residents and the city say are the areas affected the most.

The city engineering department is working with BNSF on the changes.

Criswell says they hope to see some progress by next summer.