What is a Quiet Zone? A quiet zone is defined by the Federal Rail Administration as an area of track, at least a half-mile long and with at least one crossing, where extra safety measures are in place so the train engineer doesn’t need to blow the horn.
Here are some articles and information about quiet zones for freight trains:
Union Pacific: Federal Railroad Administration’s Train Horn & Quiet Zone Rule
Quiet Zones | Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
Quiet Zones | Federal Railroad Administration
WHAT ABOUT IN MARTIN COUNTY?
“……. Martin County is not ready to request quiet zones, said Deputy Director of Engineering Terry Rauth. In areas where the trains travel at 110 mph — nearly all of Martin County — All Aboard Florida is required to construct sealed corridors which are “comparable to quiet zone improvements,” according to Rauth. “(All Aboard) wants us to request quiet zones so that we pay for their sealed corridor improvements,” she said.”