We have been working with UTA, Union Pacific, and UDOT for more than a year on the design, construction, and noticing process that we had understood would lead to implementation of a Quiet Zone* for the four downtown crossings (200 W, 500 W, 700 W and 900 W). Only as we issued the final Notice of Establishment in February of this year were we notified that, in fact, the process that we had diligently followed was not actually sufficient for establishment of the Quiet Zone.
While we feel somewhat like Charlie Brown after Lucy removed the football, we have no real choice now other than to start over with a new, somewhat more complex process. Our current understanding is that additional modifications of the physical street crossings will not be required, but that a more extensive application and approval process through the Federal Railroad Administration will be necessary.
All of us are sorry that this has not been resolved sooner. We are aware of how important this matter is to downtown residents impacted by the train horn noise. We will update you as soon as we have a more definitive schedule in place.
*A Quiet Zone is a railroad crossing where alternative safety measures have been implemented so trains do not need to blow their horns when approaching.