A very brief survey regarding the desire for eliminating train whistles in Noble has been placed on the October utility bills. We are asking residents and businesses to respond on the bottom portion of the bill that is returned to the city.

The Noble City Council has asked for a survey of Noble residents regarding the possible pursuit of installing “Quiet Zones” at our four railroad crossings. The City of Norman has already installed one on Post Oak Rd.

A Quiet Zone is a railroad crossing where the trains do not blow their train horns. The crossings must meet the Federal Railroad Administration standards, which could require up to $250K in total construction on the four Noble crossings. It is likely that the cost would be much less, even as low as $27K. The City can come up with the money without affecting our budget or proposed improvements to streets and parks, including the new playground at Dane Park.

Over the years we have received hundreds of requests for relief from the extremely loud train horns, blowing at all hours of the day and night, right through the downtown area and near many of our residential areas. As we look to the future, this is viewed as a quality of life and economic development issue. OKC and Norman have already done away with the train horns in their cities. Just a simple Yes or No is what we need from you. Thanks.

PS: This has nothing to do with the City’s pursuit of the Right of Way to extend Front Street to Cemetery Road. This ongoing effort will eventually provide access for Musgrave Field, the Rodeo Grounds, the new City Barn, the Animal Control facility and many residents to get around the frequent train blockages.