With the renewed vigor of Bismarck's Downtown area, new patio's and rooftop lounges comes the old question, should downtown have a quiet zone from the noise of the freight trains passing through? Some think so.

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Some have pointed to the fact that other cities along the freight line have come to agreements with the railroad and federal government that put into place crossings that do not require engineers to sound the trains horns. Good idea or dangerous?

From what we've heard is that city will get a presentation from its consultant and then, hopefully, the city can request Federal Railroad Administration approval for three quiet rail crossings -- Third Street, Fifth Street and 12th Street.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Do you think Bismarck needs a quite zone?