Railroad Quiet Zone Completed in Downtown Fresno

Officials from the City of Fresno and the Fresno Community Regional Medical Center today celebrated the completion of the Railroad Quiet Zone project, an effort to silence train horns in the downtown area.

The $1.2 million project will silence the train horns along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad from Ventura Street to Hammond Ave. It was completed on April 23, and the first two weeks of implementation have proven to be successful, according to City of Fresno Public Works Director Patrick Wiemiller.

The project, in development since 2006, was completed ahead of the original fall 2011 completion date as a result of Fresno Community Regional Medical Center’s donation of $245,000 and its interest-free loan of $600,000 to the City.

This is the first area in Fresno to be designated as a Railroad Quiet Zone.
The work done on Fresno’s first quiet zone was mandated by the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Railroad Administration to improve the safety of all the railroad crossings.

Citizens traveling in these areas can help keep the train horns silenced by following a few simple guidelines:

• Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. These are the only legal and safe places to cross.
• Flashing red lights signal that a train is approaching from either direction. Flashing red lights must be treated like a stop sign. Do not cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it is safe to do so. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
• Do not cross the tracks immediately after a train passes. A second train may be blocked by the first. Wait until the lights have stopped flashing.
• Never walk down a train track; it's illegal and it's dangerous.