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If you live in the area of the 85th Avenue rail crossing, you may be hearing more train horns than usual lately, even though this area is considered a "quiet zone." As a safety precaution to warn the public, the horns are sounding - even in quiet zones - due to interference from overhead electrical power lines disrupting the railroad's crossing signal equipment. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) operates trains in this area and will continue to sound the horns until the issue is resolved. The signal interference is also disrupting crossings at Osborne Road and 77th Avenue in Fridley. The City of Coon Rapids has been notified by BNSF that the railroad is working with the power company to resolve the issue. It is unclear as to how long it will take to fix the issue.
BNSF recognizes the public may be frustrated when hearing train horns, but for safety, the horns will continue to sound until the issue is resolved.
If residents have specific questions for BNSF, please contact Amy McBeth, Regional Director of Public Affairs.