The locomotive horn is an effective deterrent to accidents at grade crossings. However, the sound level from the locomotive horn creates a significant noise that often depreciates the quality of life in communities where trains operate. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), on June 24, 2005, issued its Final Train Horn Rule that allows Public Authorities to establish Quiet Zones where locomotive horns are not routinely sounded at the public grade crossings. The result may be improved living conditions as loud train horns are silenced.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has sanctioned the installation of Quiet Zones where the locomotive horn is not sounded and where Supplemental Safety Measures (safety enhancement options) compensate for the absence of the train horn. The locomotive engineer is required to desist from sounding the conventional train horn if one safety option is installed. The FRA sanctioned Supplemental Safety Measures (SSMs) that allow the silencing of the locomotive horn include the following:
- Median barriers or channelization devices in combination with two-quadrant gates
- Four-quadrant gates
- Crossing closure (either permanent or temporary during night hours)
- Paired one-way streets with full closure gates
Recent News and Updates
Public Meeting Notice: A public meeting will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 AM at the Hillside School, 4804 West Harrison Street.
Quiet Zone Process: The Quiet Zone process is available at the following site(view link).
Guidelines: The guidelines for Quiet Zones by the FRA can be found here (view link) under Appendix C to Part 222.
Requirements: The FRA requirements and standards for Railroads can be found here (view link).
Hanson Professional Services Inc. had no involvement with / in regards to Elmhurst Quiet Zones thus; we are unable to comment or provide any information on what was done to achieve them.
Please note that every crossing is viewed differently and uniquely by the FRA, ICC, IDOT, Railroad Owners, and Counties.
Cost: Details regarding the cost estimate will be provided during the meeting on March 3rd.
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