Seminole County Public Works has submitted an application to the Federal Railroad Association (FRA) for Quiet Zones at roadway-rail grade crossings in the County. The Quiet Zones will reduce or eliminate train sounding their horns as trains approach these crossings.
Typically, on approach to rail crossings, trains are required to sound their horns to warn motorists and pedestrians that a train is coming. The FRA has very specific requirements as to when, where, how long and how loud a train must sound its horn.
For example, according to FRA requirements, train horns must:
However, the FRA’s Quiet Zone rule provides a process/mechanism for communities to obtain relief from the routine sounding of train horns by providing criteria for the establishment of Quiet Zones. Train horns may still be used in the case of an emergency and to comply with other Federal regulations and railroad rules
A Quiet Zone is an FRA exemption to the requirement that trains sound their horn when approaching an at-grade roadway-rail crossings. Before a Quiet Zone can be established, stringent guidelines have to be followed. For example, to establish and maintain safety after eliminating the sounding of horns, communities have to implement federally required and approved safety measures, which may include raised curb traffic separators, improved signage as well as other safety improvements.
Seminole County Quiet Zone Project Status