Does city need to close streets to quiet trains?

A city of Eugene proposal to quiet railroad horns by closing five downtown rail crossings could cut off a section of downtown.

Rail crossings at Monroe, Madison, Jefferson, Lawrence and Lincoln may be closed. Here’s a map.

City staff say the closures may be required by federal rules in order to establish a “quiet zone” to give nearby residents and businesses relief from frequent loud horn blasts.

The city has planned a public forum on the street closings and quiet zone for Tuesday, August 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Campbell Center, 155 High St. Staff plan to take their recommendations to the city council on Nov. 28. For more information check out the city’s web site.