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To: Burlington Northern Santa Fe: Director Community Relations-TX

Quiet the Train Horns-Save our Children's Hearing.

We, the undersigned, petition Burlington Northern Sante Fe, herein referred to as BNSF to coduct the engineering and traffic study as required by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in order to determine what modifications are necessary to create an approved train horn Quiet Zone (QZ)for the benefit of the Children and for the enjoyment of all the Families of Houston Minute Maid Park Residential Communities and Schools. We request BNSF to help remedy the noise pollution problem caused by the train horns by the following actions:

1) Plan for and accurately determine the various options and find the safest and most economical way to upgrade the crossings, if required.

2) Effectively negotiate cost sharing with the Federal Railroad Administration(FRA), BNSF and the City of Houston for the safety modifications needed to establish the Quiet Zone desired by the families of the Houston Minute Maid Park Residential Communities and Schools.

3. Have City Council set as a priority to establish a FRA Quiet Zone to:
a) help Protect the Hearing of the Children of Houston Minute Maid Park Residential Communities and Schools; and
b) substantially improve the Quality of Life for all the families of the City

The City of Houston and the Houston Minute Maid Park Residential Communities and Schools are a wonderful city to live, but for many of those with children living closest to the train horn,(out of the hundreds of children living in Houston Minute Maid Park Residential Communities and attending the local schools, at least one-hundred(100) children of varying ages live in just the 5 or 6 blocks closest to the railroad alone) the risk to these childrens hearing is greatest, as the horns in this location can be measured in excess of 130 decibels at 100 ft, far exceeding the standards for sound exposure set for by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration which sets the high end cut-off at 115 decibels.

Since many experts estimate that 90\% of train noise comes from blowing the horns, Quiet Zones can make a significant difference in protecting our children. Families with children have chosen to live near the trains but are often not aware of the aggressiveness of the horn blowing and the damage that can be caused.

We have all have accepted the horns as a part of life in the Houston Minute Maid Park Residential Communities and Schools since no option for a Quiet Zone existed prior to June 24, 2005 when the FRA implemented Quiet Zones. The approval of Quiet Zones created a viable option for Cities like Houston and BNSF to virtually eliminate all of the noise pollution caused by the damaging sound levels of the train horn when passing through a grade crossing while maintaining and in some cases, increasing the safety level.

The following links, http://www.railroadcontrols.com... and http://www.wood-harbor.com/new... provide detailed information about Supplemental Safety Measures (SSMs) and types of Quiet Zones.

Now that there is way to reduce the noise pollution and help protect our childrens hearing while increasing the enjoyment of all the families in Olmos Park we are asking that BNSF immediately pursue the required engineering study in an effort to protect our children and improve the quality of life in our Community.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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