I thought we were a quiet train zone. Why do we still hear horns?
The Quiet Zone that is in place was funded and constructed by UTA as part of the Frontrunner South Project. It includes all the UTA crossings in Provo west of University Avenue. It also includes the Union Pacific tracks where those tracks are part of a combined crossing control with the UTA tracks, that is a single set of crossing gates. That has resulted in a complete Quiet Zone for both sets of tracks between University Avenue and Provo River. The separated Union Pacific crossings, north of the river at 820 North, 1680 North and 2000 North, are not included in the Quiet Zone.
Likely the horn noise that is being heard by residents is from trains on the Union Pacific tracks at these separated crossings. When the Frontrunner Project was under design, and the establishment of the Quiet Zone was anticipated, the City investigated the possibility of including these three separated crossings in the Quiet Zone. Preliminary design work was completed for purposes of estimating costs, and being prepared to move forward, should funding come available. The cost estimate to provide the necessary improvements to include these crossings in the Quiet Zone was $1.5 Million ($500,000/crossing). This cost was consistent with UTA costs for constructing the necessary Quiet Zone improvements at their crossings. Unfortunately, the City was unsuccessful in identifying funds to complete these improvements at the separated Union Pacific crossings.