Muncie launches 'quiet zone' push to benefit hotel

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The city of Muncie has launched a multi-million-dollar effort to close or upgrade railroad crossings in a bid to create a quiet zone in the city's downtown district.

Muncie's Board of Works and Public Safety approved a preliminary quiet zone engineering agreement Wednesday with rail companies CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern

The city's push would benefit a $40 million Courtyard by Marriott hotel slated for a groundbreaking later this year and set to open in fall 2015 just north of CSX and Norfolk Southern tracks. The effort seeks to eliminate loud train whistles in Muncie's downtown.

Mayor Dennis Tyler tells The Star Press the quiet zone project's cost has been estimated at up to $5 million.

Previous mayors have tried and failed to reach quiet zone agreements in Muncie.

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