One concern people have about the new passenger service is noise. Fortunately, modern tracks reduce sound and vibration to a minimum. So-called “quiet crossing” reduce the need for train whistles and warning horns.Here are two photos of a “quiet” crossing in Concord, MA. The idea is to create a barrier so that a car waiting for the gates to go up cannot drive around the closed gate and cross in front of an oncoming train. Unfortunately, this happens more frequently than one might imagine. Train horns are one way to reduce the chances of someone’s driving around a closed gate. The “quiet crossing” approach is to make it impossible for someone to do something foolish.
About the Author: Karen Christensen
Karen Christensen is an American entrepreneur, environmentalist, and founder of the Train Campaign. She is the owner and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group and a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She grew up in the Silicon Valley, started her career in London, and has lived in Great Barrington since 1995.