Mobile initiates "quiet zone"

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Blaring train horns that have rousted sleeping hotel guests in downtown Mobile will be falling silent as the port city and railroad officials have agreed on a "quiet zone" - a move that is becoming popular around the country.

Mayor Sam Jones said Wednesday the city spent about $200,000 to implement the no-horns zones at six crossing, including the major crossing at the convention center across from upscale hotels downtown.

He says some had started referring to Mobile as the city that never sleeps because of the disturbing train horns.

He says safety measures have been placed at the crossings to alert drivers.

The new quiet policy begins Thursday.

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