February 22, 2024
New quiet zone signage in downtown San Diego. Courtesy of the town

Trains touring by San Diego’s downtown space will once more droop using horns in a “Quiet Zone” when crossing streets following work by metropolis crews to deliver 12 intersections into compliance with federal requirements.

The Federal Railroad Administration accomplished an inspection that discovered deficiencies within the 12 crossings, together with inadequate signage and street markings.

On Jan. 19, the FRA suspended downtown’s “Quiet Zone” — the place practice horns are sounded at crossings solely within the case of emergencies or to adjust to different federal rules. With out the designation, trains have been required to sound their horns when approaching highway-rail grade crossings by downtown.

On Friday, the town submitted documentation to point out enhancements accomplished and to request the reinstatement of the Quiet Zone.

“Town’s transportation division expedited all the required signal installations and striping to realize restoration of the Quiet Zone sooner than anticipated,” Mayor Todd Gloria mentioned. “I’m grateful to the town crews for getting this work finished rapidly and to Federal Railroad Administration employees for working with the town to resolve this concern.”

In line with the town, transit companies have seven days to adjust to the Quiet Zone reinstatement. The North County Transit District has already suspended use of horns.

The crossings in query are Laurel Avenue, Grape Avenue, Cedar Avenue, Beech Avenue, Ash Avenue, Broadway, Kettner Boulevard, G Avenue, Hawthorn Avenue, Market Avenue, Entrance Avenue, First Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

Moreover, San Diego accomplished the required site visitors survey to find out the variety of automobiles getting into the crossings day by day, a metropolis assertion learn.

Town is in shut communication with the FRA and “will proceed to observe security enhancements at intersections to make sure compliance for the longer term.”

–Metropolis Information Service