Horns to keep sounding in Lutherville

October 06, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Light rail trains will continue sounding their warning horns at a Lutherville grade crossing, while nearby residents, county and state officials try to find a compromise between safety factors and community concerns that the horns are a nuisance.

Baltimore County Councilman Douglas B. Riley had planned to offer a bill to make it a crime for light rail motormen to sound their horns at the Seminary Avenue crossing. The 4th District Republican withdrew the bill yesterday after meeting with Mass Transit Administration officials and several residents.

It was uncertain if Mr. Riley had the four votes needed to pass the bill, which would have been voted on at last night's County Council session.

Mr. Riley said he will now wait two to four weeks to see if a compromise can be worked out. In the meantime, he said, he will work on a bill to require trains to slow down at the crossing.

W. Curtis Russell, whose house sits closest to the crossing, said, "I'm impatient, but I'm reasonable. . . . As long as a dialogue is going on, it's OK."

Ron Hartman, MTA administrator, and safety officer Larry Engleman said they will review several other options, including putting strobe lights on the trains and reducing the number of horn blasts from four to one.

Mr. Russell and his neighbors have complained that the horns, which are sounded between 6 a.m and midnight, make sleep impossible. They also have said the trains are going so fast at the crossing that there would be no time for anyone to react to the warning, anyhow.

In other action, the council delayed for two weeks action on a bill to allow the county Fire Department to issue tickets to people who pull more than three false alarms in one month, or eight in one year.

The tickets also could be issued for uncorrected fire code violations in commercial buildings.

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