Fairfield to officially celebrate their Quiet Zone

After about six months of being train horn-free, the citizens of Fairfield are getting used to the quiet.

The Quiet Zone went into effect in November and even though an occasional horn can still be heard due to construction or emergencies, its gone a long way to improving the quality of life for those who live and work near the railroad tracks.

Burlington became a Quiet Zone before Fairfield in 2010, and many say it's likely more communities across Iowa will pick up on the trend.

"I actually see the Quiet Zone as the trend of the future," said Michael Halley, Fairfield City Councilman. "You can enhance safety and some noise pollution at the same time and my advice to any community going down this path is to be patient and to not give up. There will always be people who don't understand it, no matter how many times we explain it to them, but it is safer and it does help economic development quite a bit."

On Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Farmer's Market in Howard Park, the city will be holding a celebration of the Quiet Zone, since it was too cold to do so when it first became official in November.

There will be a few speeches and live music, and Halley said the point of the celebration is to thank residents for their support. The Quiet Zone project was funded by two-thirds private donations and one-third government funding, so Saturday's event will celebrate everyone's involvement.