Sometimes the crossing gates go down, but no train crosses. Why?

As a train approaches the Smithfield Station heading westbound to Fort Worth, the crossing gates at Smithfield and Holiday all go down. If it is a freight train or the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the train will continue through and the gates at each crossing will come up as soon as the train passes. If it is a TEXRail train that stops for boarding at the station, the gates at the crossings go back up while the train is stopped. Then they go back down when the train leaves the station again.

Trinity Metro TEXRail is in the process of reviewing crossings to determine what changes can be made to minimize interruptions to traffic flow while still maintaining federal safety requirements.

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1. Why do crossing gates at Davis and Main stay down so long? 
2. Sometimes the crossing gates go down, but no train crosses. Why?
3. What is a quiet zone? Are there quiet zones in NRH?
4. Where are NRH stations located and how many parking spaces do they have?
5. Is overnight parking be allowed at the stations?
6. How many trips are offered daily?
7. How does TEXRail service impact traffic at crossings in NRH?
8. Why were raised medians installed at railroad crossings?
9. What are the benefits of TEXRail for NRH?
10. What is being done to limit noise and pollution?
11. What type of development is planned around the NRH stations?
12. Will my taxes go up to pay for this service?
13. If my home is near the rail line, will this affect my property values?
14. Won’t the rail stations and surrounding developments bring more people to NRH and thus more traffic?
15. Should we be worried about an increase in crime at and around the rail stations?
16. Some say TEXRail won’t improve traffic congestion. Is this true?
17. How will TEXRail benefit the local economy?
18. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to build more roads?
19. When did planning for TEXRail begin and when were the NRH stations approved?
20. I have additional questions. Where can I get more information?