Govt. may change train horn rules to allow quieter passings through Loveland, Fort Collins, Windsor

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Federal officials have agreed to consider changing train horn regulations blamed for disturbing Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor.

Current regulations require train engineers to sound their horns for at least 15 seconds when entering a road crossing. The rules give communities the power to create quiet zones by rebuilding intersections to make them safer, but those intersection improvements can cost millions of dollars.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Colorado Democratic Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet have been pushing for the Federal Railroad Administration to reconsider.