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West Medford Spared Commuter Rail Horn Once More

Patch logo Patch 9/18/2019 Alex Newman
The Commuter Rail quiet zone has returned to West Medford. © Rachel Nunes/Patch The Commuter Rail quiet zone has returned to West Medford.

MEDFORD, MA — Residents near the West Medford Commuter Rail tracks can now sleep easier without the blaring of train horns. Area residents recently took to Facebook to commiserate over hearing horns in the late night and early morning hours. One poster compared the noises on Lawrence Road to the steam train from the 1960s sitcom "Petticoat Junction," while another said he lived near the high school and could hear horns "all night."

The reason? The quiet zone in West Medford was suspended, a Commuter Rail representative wrote in a response to a tweet about the uptick in noise.

It didn't stay that way long. On Friday, Mayor Stephanie M. Burke said her office received several calls about the Commuter Rail horn.

"I'm happy to tell you that the City has been in communication with Keolis and the quiet zone is back into effect," Burke wrote on Instagram.


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