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Quiet zone awaiting FRA 'special exception' approval

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Scottsbluff community members looking forward to silent trains rolling through town will have to wait a little bit longer.

The city's quiet zone was supposed to take effect on June 4th but the project has been put on - hold because of Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulation changes.

City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says the city is currently waiting on a 'special exception' from the FRA.

He says it is taking so long the city has turned to congressman Adrian smith for help.
"Probably the most important point to thins whole thing, is that we have our federal congressman working on this," says Rick Kuckkahn.  "So it's gotten to the point where we've gotten so frustrated that we've turned it over to the political side, trying to get a federal agency to give us the go-ahead for our quiet zone."
Kuckkahn says the FRA has authorized this same exception twice before, so he doesn't anticipate a problem.

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