The Quiet Zone is in effect 24/7 and is in place for the following public crossings: Laurel St, Hawthorn St, Grape St, Cedar St, Beech St, Ash St, Broadway, Kettner & G, Market St, Front St, First Ave, Fifth Ave
The name Quiet Zone means that train crews will not regularly blow the horn at the crossings. Quiet Zones are not necessarily quiet. There are numerous reasons you may hear a train horn.
1. The Quiet Zone does NOT affect train horn use within, entering or leaving the Santa Fe Amtrak Depot.
a. Train crews may sound the horn upon arrival at the station.
b. The horn may sound while trains, freight and passenger trains, are passing through the station.
c. They will sound the horn upon departing the station to alert anyone near the train it is going to move.
d. Amtrak mechanical staff will sound the horn for regular scheduled maintenance on locomotives.
2. While traveling through the Quiet Zone crossings, the engineer may sound the horn for any of the following reasons:
a. The train crew is aware the crossing warning devices (lights, bells and gates) are malfunctioning.
b. The warning devices are out-of-service for repair, testing or maintenance.
c. Railroad or contract employees are working on or near the tracks.
d. The train crew may sound a warning to animals, vehicle operators, pedestrians, trespassers, crews on other trains, or in the engineer's sole judgment such action is appropriate in order to prevent imminent injury, death, or property damage.
Reference: 49CFR222 222.23
3. The Quiet Zone does not limit the use of locomotive bells that ring as the train goes through the crossing. These bells are an additional safety measure. Also, in a Quiet Zone, each public crossing must be equipped with functioning flashing lights, ringing bells, and gates that lower to temporarily close the road. Again, Federal law requires that these crossings warning devices are working as intended.
Reference: 49CFR222 222.35 (b) Active grade crossing warning devices. And 222.35 (d) Bells.
LeeAnn Dickson firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Grade Crossing Manager
USDOT/Federal Railroad Administration
801 I Street, Suite 466
Sacramento, CA 95814