Tupelo Council again tables ‘quiet zone’ proposal

By NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The City Council decided not to discuss at today’s meeting
the city spending $138,000 on engineering and other technical work to begin a process of having railroad crossings in the city designated as “quiet zones.”
Under the designation, trains passing through Tupelo wouldn’t blow whistles unless during emergencies. However, the city would have to install lights, safety arms and upgraded curbs to prevent vehicles from easily passing the safeguards.
City Council members have said they had questions about the cost and effectiveness of the project.
Rough estimates have put the overall price between $4-5 million.