San Diego Quiet Zone
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Information and Contacts regarding Train Horns & the Railway Quiet Zone in San Diego
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See the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Train Horn Rule History & Timeline  pdf
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Downtown San Diego Residents with the help of then councilmember Byron Wear successfully lobbied City Council to pass an ordinance preventing the blowing of train horns, except in an emergency, between 7 pm and 7 am.  The ordinance was determined unenforceable by the PUC.
Oct 09, 1996

Intermediate Quiet Zones in effect nationwide (whistle bans that were implemented after October 9, 1996 but before December 18, 2003)

2004 At the urging of Downtown San Diego Residents and Council Dist 2, CCDC hired consultants in 2004 to examine the intersections that might be included in a "Quiet Zone"

Jun 01, 2005

Design Review & 2nd Amendment to Agreement - with BDS Engineering for the Downtown San Diego Quiet Zone-Area Wide   [1]

Jun 14, 2005

Redevelopment Agency of San Diego SPECIAL AGENDA  for Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2005, AT 10:00 A.M. Council Chambers 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101 Design Review & 2nd Amendment to Agreement   Adopted by Agency.

Jun 24, 2005 In response to a legislative mandate, FRA issued a Final Rule on the Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings. This final rule, which requires that locomotive horns be sounded as a warning to highway users at public highway-rail crossings, takes effect. This rule provides an opportunity, not available until now, for thousands of localities nationwide to mitigate the effects of train horn noise by establishing new "quiet zones." The rule also details actions communities with pre-existing "whistle bans" can take to preserve the quiet they have become accustomed to.  [5]

July 2005

City of San Diego Draft General Plan (pages 281-283)  Stated Goal: �Minimal excessive fixed rail noise on residential and other noise sensitive land uses.�   [4]

Sep 2005 Major Report, "Is Train Horn Noise a Problem in your Town?" , issued by John P. Redden, Hanson Professional Services
Dec 6, 2010 CCDC Staff Report

Jan 05, 2006

CCDC Board Approves Downtown QUIET ZONE Recommendation (Marina)  

May 19, 2006

Declaration for the Quiet Zone (pdf) 30 day Public Review

Summer 2006

Report from CCDC City Councilmember Faulconer of District 2 and CCDC set up a train horn complaint process, located at email address  Projected completion of project:  Fall 2007

June 2006 website created as a comprehensive informational website in response to the numerous complaints from residents and businesses.

Jun 02, 2006

Mayor Sanders Announces $109 MILLION BOND SALE for Downtown Redevelopment Projects - includes $1 million - $1.5 million for Quiet Zone improvements.  (Fact Sheet - pdf, 3 pages)  [3]

Jun 14, 2006

Report from CCDC Senior Project Manager - Public Works Comments  Negotiations continue

Jul 17, 2006

Quiet Zone Town Hall Meeting.  It was standing room only at Golden Hall with Representatives from all of the agencies involved in the QZ Project.  Over 300 persons in attendance. see Flyer

Aug 10, 2006
Sep 14, 2006
Metropolitan Transit System Minutes

Sep 27, 2006

Memorandum of Understanding with NCTD approved at CCDC Board Meeting

Feb 12, 2007

CCDC Project Update  Projected completion of project:  Spring 2008

Mar 03, 2007

CCDC Milestone Schedule  Projected Completion of project:  July-Sep 2008

Mar 14, 2007

CCDC Project Update

Jun 11, 2007 Request for Council Action - Conversion of G Street to One-Way Operation within the Downtown Quiet Zone

Jun 19, 2007

Update Meeting in Little Italy

Jul 25, 2007 Letter from Sapphire Tower

Jul 25, 2007

CCDC Project Update  Request for Approval of G St One-Way Conversion

Jul 31, 2007

City Council Action Conversion request approved by City Council

Sep 04, 2007

City Council Action Conversion ordinance approved by City Council

Nov 27, 2007

CCDC Milestone Schedule  Projected Completion of project:  July-Sep 2008

Jan 15, 2008

CCDC Project Update

Jun 19, 2008

CCAC Project Update  Projected Completion of project:  December 2009

Jul 09, 2008

CCDC Request to Bid 

Aug 27, 2008

CCDC Request to Bid 

Sep 02, 2008

City Council Action video

Jul 23, 2009

City-Proposed Title Sheet

Jul 30, 2009

CCDC Project Meeting Update  Projected Completion of project:  Early 2011

Oct 01, 2009

Update from Sandra Simmons  CCDC staff expects to bid the construction of the San Diego Quiet Zone the second week of January 2010, and present the bid; the BNSF C&M; and the NCTD, City, MTS Memorandum of Understanding on Construction and Maintenance to the City Council in early March 2010.

Oct 09, 2009

CCDC Project Update  Expected to go to bid for construction Jan 2010; Construction May 2010

Mar 30, 2010 CCDC Project Update  Construction could begin July 2010 pending City Council Vote
May 05, 2010 Update Email from Scott Johnson
May 20, 2010 Update from CCDC  201 pages  Staff Report
Jun 22, 2010 Final Vote by City Council clears the way for construction of the project !  The Vote was 6 to 2 in Favor.  Dissenting votes were cast by Donna Frye and Carl DeMaio.  City Council Docket for Tuesday, June 22, 2010     See Flyer
Jul 02, 2010 CCDC Notice of Public Hearing
Aug 2010 Projected start for Construction
Winter 2012 Projected Completion
Nov 24, 2012 Quiet Zone Officially takes effect
Nov 29, 2012 Full compliance by railroad companies begins.
[1] Zone Design and Consultant Amendment.pdf
[2 Zone Submission to FRA.htm

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