Mark Udall, who has fought to make Federal Railroad Administration rules for establishing railroad crossing quiet zones less burdensome, congratulated the Town of Windsor today on securing a $2.7 million competitive grant to establish quiet zones in two of its residential neighborhoods. The grant-funded project will improve public safety while also ensuring that train noise does not detract from Windsor's quality of life.
"Train noise is a serious issue affecting communities throughout Colorado. It can deter economic development, hurt small businesses and reduce Coloradans' quality of life," Udall said. "This competitive grant will help Windsor work with the Federal Railroad Administration to reduce train noise and address this serious issue for the town. This is a victory for Windsor, but I will keep fighting to ensure that the Federal Railroad Administration works with other cities and towns to make its quiet-zone rules less onerous for local taxpayers."
The $2.7 million competitive grant will be funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER grant program.
Udall and Sen. Michael Bennet have worked tirelessly to protect public safety while also ensuring that train-noise regulations do not stifle job growth, hamper economic development or detract from Coloradans' high quality of life. Pressure from Udall and Bennet forced the Federal Railroad Administration to promise in June to work with Congress to ensure its train-noise and quiet-zone rules protect public safety while also working for Colorado communities. Udall and Bennet also have urged the Federal Railroad Administration to be more flexible in how it allows Colorado towns and cities to meet its quiet-zone requirements.