Tag Archives: quiet zone

Cedar Rapids, IA: Crossing upgrades to deliver a quiet zone

5 Apr

The first of many active open crossings in downtown Cedar Rapids are likely to be upgraded next year [2017} as the City converts presently one-way streets to two-way configuration. These changes and the desire to introduce a quiet zone will cost up to USD500,000 per crossing. First in line are the crossings on Second and Third avenues with First Fourth and Fifth expected to follow as funding permits. In due course Sixth and Seventh avenues may follow. Union Pacific Railroad is presently preparing estimates.

El Paso, TX: Residents want quiet zone and to keep crossings open

2 Oct

El Paso quiet zoneLXinfoImage350-TrainhornsThe El Paso “Five Points quiet zone” project is predicated on eliminating four level crossings (Elm, Birch, maple, Cedar) and upgrading those that remain, with the project scheduled for completion early in 2016.

Although the works to complete the scheme have a way to run there are community concerns that the price they are paying for the quiet zone is too much and that already they are experiencing traffic delays with the diversions around the three of the four permanent closures already implemented. This is exacerbated by the temporary closure of one of the level crossings that are set to remain.

As always, the regulatory position is that the routine sounding of train horns stops when the scheme is delivered and inspected to confirm that the works are fit for purpose.

Cramahe, ONT: Township can’t afford quiet zone

20 Apr

The Municipal Council in Cramahe has determined that it cannot justify the costs involved in silencing the routine sounding of train horns at two level crossings of the Canadian National (CN) right-of-way. The estimated costs of the works enabling the quiet zone have been put at up to CAD65,000 at the Peters Road level crossing and CAD46,000 for that on Ontario Street. There are a further ten level crossings within the municipality

Shreveport, LA: Crossing closure to give hotel guests a good night’s sleep

8 Jan

The level crossing on Lake Street between Commerce Street to Clyde Fant Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic pending introduction of a quiet zone. The closure which is effective from January 15th, 2015 is necessary to ensure that guests staying in an adjacent hotel can sleep without it being interrupted by train horns announcing the approach of a train.

Bellingham, WA: Quiet zone in prospect

19 Dec

The Bellingham City Council is now actively seeking the funds it will need to implement a quiet zone by upgrading level crossings to the point that the routine sounding of train horns becomes history. Getting this far has taken seven years. The plans so far developed would see the City funding upgrades to 13 level crossings, including two where an upgrade is already planned for 2015. the estimated cost of the works understood to be required to secure FRA approval of the quiet zone has been put at between USD2.7-5.6 million.

Shreveport, LA: Two-year closure prior to quiet zone implementation

27 Nov

Shreveport City Council has agreed to implement a two-year closure of Lake Street between the Clyde Fant Parkway and Commerce Street, effective January 5th, 2015. The closure will lead to the silencing of train horns pending the implementation of a quiet zone. The unusual approach of such a lengthy temporary closure of the Lake Street level crossing is to reduce noise levels that have impacted the Shreveport Downtown Hotel and protect its ability to operate as a Holiday Inn.

The agreement between the hotel and City Council provides for the City to pursue a quiet zone, with 50% of the costs being recoverable from the hotel. This is no small sum as the City has estimated the cost of the crossing upgrade and associated highway works will cost in the region of USD700,000 and will take two to three-years to secure the necessary consents.

Les Cèdres, Quebec: Whistle ban on the way

3 Nov

From November 10th, 2014, a whistle ban will be implemented in relation to the St-Féréol Street level crossing in Les Cèdres. The whistle ban will apply to all trains running on the Canadian National (CN) right-of-way in other than an emergency.

The whistle ban is possible as the newly automated level crossing funded by the municipality and sight lines associated with it satisfy Transport Canada’s criteria for implementing a whistle ban.