- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - State officials say Connecticut is the first New England state to install automatic horn systems at rail crossings.

These so-called “wayside horns” are stationary horns mounted on poles at active, at-grade rail crossings. They will take the place of horns mounted on trains, which are typically activated up to a half-mile before a crossing.

The first horn became operational last week. It’s located at the Cooper Street crossing in Meriden.

The new horns are part of an effort by the Department of Transportation to mitigate noise along the Hartford Line, where there are plans for more frequent and faster passenger rail service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts.

The new horns will help mitigate noise associated with the upgraded service near residential neighborhoods, educational institutions and recreational areas.

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