Fremont Quiet Zone Program
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
- 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 City has established quiet zones at the following locations:
- Niles (Nursery Avenue)
- The City has identified four quiet zone projects. These 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.
- The Niles (Nursery Avenue) Safety Project is funded. Click here for project details
- The Centerville to Clarke Railroad Safety Improvement project is seeking funding, Click here for project details
- Fremont is seeking regional funding to implement the other quiet zone projects.
How to Report a Concern
You can file a Violation Report with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which is the federal government agency that oversees railroads. The Federal rule enacted by the Federal Railway Administration in 2005 requires that railroad employees must blow the horn 15-20 seconds prior to occupying any public highway-rail crossing at any time of day. The Federal rule specifies the volume, length, and pattern of the sound of train horns. Federal law requires train engineers to do a routine sounding of their train horns – two long bursts, a short burst, and one long burst – every time a train approaches a railroad crossing unless the crossing is within a quiet zone. Within a quiet zone, routine soundings are prohibited. Non-routine soundings of the train horn are allowed within a quiet zone when a train engineer determines that the horn should be sounded to prevent imminent injury, death, or property damage. A potential horn violation in a quiet zone would include the constant sounding of the specific routine horn pattern mentioned above, during a non-emergency situation
Safety Around Railroad Crossings
ResourcesFederal Railroad Administration
Train Horn Rule and Quiet Zones
Safety Fact Sheet
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