There is a solution to the loud, frequent night-time train whistles in Turlock. We can ask the city to create a Quiet Zone for train whistles, as several other cities have done, including Elk Grove.
Elk Grove's Quiet Zone application process took about five years. In response to high public interest requesting a ban on the use of train whistles, the city embarked on its train whistle ban study in 2003 and then on the application process. The Quiet Zone was designed to ensure that railroad noise mitigation measures were implemented in a manner consistent with federal railroad safety requirements, and it was implemented in 2008.
For Turlock to start this process, interested citizens should contact the Turlock city manager's office at (209) 668-5542, ext. 1100, and-or attend City Council meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of each month.