Quiet! Little Neck LIRR Crossing Getting Gate
1010WINS - A neighborhood in Little Neck, Queens is to get the gift of silence as federal funds for the Long Island Rail Road will improve a crossing gate so trains don't have to blare their horns.
The crossing at Little Neck Parkway sees more than 80 trains a day.
The opening in the crossing gate is wide enough to allow a car to fit through so under federal regulations, trains are required to blast their horns for 15 to 20 seconds as they approach.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, (D-N.Y.) has gotten the LIRR railroad $245,000 to reduce the gap, so the Federal Railroad Administration can classify the Little Neck crossing as a quiet zone.
LIRR spokesman Sam Zambuto said we understand the congressman is seeking funds for a quiet zone and the railroad will work with him and New York city.
There's no timetable for the work, said Zambuto.
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