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With the battle still brewing locally and regionally over the merger of the Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern railways, one city has jumped aboard the train expansion. Bettendorf’s city council voted July 5 to accept a $3 million settlement from the railway to help cover the cost of creating “Quiet Zones” at the railroad crossings between 12th and 35th streets downtown. The improved safety measures include installing flashing lights and gates, as well as medians to prevent vehicles from going around those gates. Why did Bettendorf opt to settle? The Quad Cities Regional Business Journal’s Steve Tappa put that question and others to Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher.