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Railroad Crossing Quiet Zones Introduced To Anaheim Neighborhoods
ANAHEIM, CA - (February 24, 2011) - The establishment of quiet zones at railroad crossings, as well as enhanced safety features at those railroad crossings, were introduced in the City of Anaheim today.  The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is partnering with cities and Metrolink to implement this county-wide program.

“Quiet zones at railroad crossings in Anaheim will certainly be welcomed by our residents,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.  “But more importantly, enhanced safety features around the quiet zones are what make this possible.  We appreciate OCTA efforts in partnering with the City on this project.”

A quiet zone is a section of rail line that contains one or more consecutive railroad crossings at which locomotive horns are not routinely sounded.  Quiet zones in the City of Anaheim are at the following locations where the train tracks intersect with the streets listed below:

  • Jefferson St.
  • La Palma Avenue (between N. Tustin Ave. and N. Kraemer Blvd.)
  • Miraloma Ave.
  • Tustin Ave.

By law, engineers must sound their horns up to four times when approaching a railroad crossing. If a quiet zone is established, trains will only sound their horns if the engineer believes it necessary for safety reasons or if the train is traveling through a construction zone.  The train horns can be silenced only when other safety measures, such as railroad crossing enhancements, compensate for the absence of the horns.  Enhanced safety features include upgraded and updated warning devices, additional gate arms, extended and raised street medians, improved signage and coordinated traffic signals.

Upon completion of railroad crossing improvements, cities are able to apply for quiet zone status.  An additional quiet zone is planned for Central Anaheim later this year.  OCTA’s rail safety program also includes a robust public outreach campaign to raise awareness about how to be safe along the tracks. When near a railroad crossing, the public is encouraged to look and listen for a train approaching.

For tips on how to be rail safe or to learn more about railroad crossing safety enhancements in your area, visit www.octa.net/railroadcrossing.

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