Why are train horns so loud?
The FRA's Train Horn Rule defines the required timing and duration of train horns' sound. The given sound range is 96 decibels to 110 decibels.

By comparison, according to a chart from the FRA, a car driving 40 mph, 50 feet away, would be in the 60- to 70-decibel range and a blender would be in the 70- to 80-decibel range.

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1. What is a Quiet Zone?
2. Why do trains sound their horns?
3. Why are train horns so loud?
4. How many trains drive through downtown Battle Creek?
5. What types of safety improvements are required to create a Quiet Zone?
6. Why is the city closing the Division, Fountain and Spencer Street crossings?
7. When will Battle Creek's Quiet Zone be in place?
8. How will you pay for the Quiet Zone?
9. Will trains ever sound their horns at Quiet Zone crossings?
10. How can I learn more about Quiet Zones?