General Project Description
• Federal transportation safety policy requires the sounding of train horns in advance of public grade crossings. Horn blasts have a volume level in the range of 96 to 110 dbs
• In 2006, a railroad crossing "quiet zone" rule was established. Local communities can enact a “quiet zone” if certain safety measures are provided, such as median islands at railroad crossings or 4-quadrant gates.
• In 2007, Fremont commissioned a feasibility study on establishing local quiet zones and determining what safety measures should be added at each crossing.
• The study identified five quiet zone projects. They are listed in the following priority order based on the project cost, the number of trains passing through the crossing, and the area of residential communities affected by the train horns: 1) Niles (Nursery Avenue) 2) Canyon Heights (Clarke Drive) 3) Centerville (Blacow, Dusterberry, Maple, Fremont, Shinn) 4) City Center (Walnut Avenue) 5) Warm Springs (E. Warren Avenue)
• The Niles (Nursery Avenue) Safety Project is funded. Click here for project details. •Fremont is seeking regional funding to implement the remaining quiet zone projects.
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