Nothing seems to be as elusive as qualifying a railroad crossing as a “quiet zone.” A “quiet zone” is a crossing where alternative safety measures have been implemented so trains do not need to blow their horns when approaching.
We have been working on qualifying some of our railroad crossings for over two years now. But even those areas of our city that are a great distance from the tracks can still hear the loud horns of trains.
We heard an update from Greg Beckstrom on the progress of our proposed “quiet zones” in a recent council meeting (September 4, 2012). As usual, Greg’s update was detailed and understandable.
The upshot is it’s a complex process in a highly regulated field, and while our attempts up to this point have not worked, we’re taking another approach. Rather than get into the details on the blog, here’s the link to Greg’s comments, or you can watch the video below.
If the horns bug you, it’s worth the few minutes to listen to his presentation. Just remember, it’s been a frustrating process for everyone.