Downtown Bryan could become much quieter in the near future if the city decides to move forward with mitigation tools to cut down on the sound of passing trains.
Blaring train horns may be a familiar sound to residents, but the city’s quiet zone advisory committee — formed in December by the Bryan City Council — is researching the feasibility of implementing a quiet zone in Downtown Bryan to increase the quality of life for current and future residents. To eliminate train horns would require the use of other methods to indicate that a train is approaching. One of those methods, wayside horns, was demonstrated at the Union Pacific rail crossing at the intersection of Pease and Main Streets on Wednesday.
Wayside horns are mounted at railroad crossings and directed at vehicles approaching or stopped at a crossing. Gary Schatz, the city’s transportation and engineering consultant, called them “a good tool in the toolbox” to take the place of a locomotive sounding its horn.
“People have not seen this here,” Schatz said. “It’s in use down [U.S.] 90A in Sugar Land, and they’ve had it for a number of years, but this is a new thing for Bryan-College Station.”