The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and spring is here. If you like to sleep with your windows open this time of year, you might notice an “added attraction” in Gilbert. Union Pacific loves to send their little choo choos through town at all hours of the day and night. For the past two years, I’ve been involved in a campaign to silence the train horns. No luck so far in Gilbert, although I know that both Tempe and Chandler established quiet zones at several crossings last year. A horn is posted at the crossing only, rather than the train blowing away (three short, one long, per crossing) starting a half-mile down the track. Not an issue? It does have an impact on the quality of life in Gilbert, and has an economic impact on residential property values. Perhaps this will be the year that Gilbert can move out of the stone age and plan for the future. We leave the more advanced projects, like light rail, to progressive cities like Mesa.