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Some Stapleton residents complain about loud RTD train horns

DENVER -- The trains in Stapleton are keeping up some residents. Faulty software on RTD's A Line is keeping the crossing arms at intersections from correctly operating.

According to RTD spokesman Nate Currey, trains are sounding their horns at every crossing to comply with a federal safety law.

Currey said the crossing gates are coming down too early and staying down too long. RTD has placed flaggers at every crossing to increase their safety.

But what's bothering residents is the loud train horns that seem to be blasting late into the night, a fact confirmed by Currey.

The trains start running at 3:30 a.m. and don't stop until 1:30 a.m. During that time, trains pass the Central Park Station at intervals between five and 10 minutes.

Residents in a nearby neighborhood have taken notice.

"The horn does not stop blowing. It's not a little whistle. It's a full-blown horn. Nonstop," said Alex Busnovetsky, who has contacted the governor's office and the Federal Railroad Administration for help.

"It's not only the station. At every intersection they blow the horn. Freight train and light rail. Same time."

Busnovetsky said it's hard to sleep with so many horns blowing at all hours of the day. RTD acknowledges it's a problem.

"We know that people in Stapleton want it to be quiet at night and this is not how we intended it to be here at RTD," Currey said.

When asked when the horns will cease, Currey said he can't say for certain, but he said he hopes the software issue will be resolved by the end of the year.