Warning horns on Sprinter trains that have been in operation only 11 months have already begun to fail, forcing the North County Transit District to temporarily employ a noisier alternative, according to the North County Times.
Sarah Benson, a spokeswoman for the district, told the paper Thursday that the Sprinter's warning horns have "reached the end of their useful life," even though the new 22-mile light-rail line has only been in operation since March 9. All of the horns, she said, will have to be replaced at a cost of $55,000.
Federal rail law requires all trains to blow a warning horn as they approach each and every railroad crossing. Horn blasts are designed to warn motorists and pedestrians and to prevent accidents, the paper reported.