Merriam is planning to make life a little quieter for its residents who are inundated by the more than 38,000 train horns that can be heard across the city each year.
If the plan works out, train engineers won’t be blowing the warning at grade crossings any longer, but the trains will trigger stationary warning horns at the grade crossings. Those stationary horns will be pointed towards traffic and focus the sound along the street. Since the train won’t be sounding the warning as it rolls toward the crossing, a much smaller area is affected by the sound. Also, the directed warnings don’t radiate over such a large area.