Metrolink News

Thursday December 8, 2016

Pedestrians and drivers reminded to look twice before crossing railroad tracks

LOS ANGELES – Passenger and freight trains operating through a nearly eight-mile section in the City of Riverside no longer blow horns at crossings. The “Quiet Zone” was approved by the Federal Railroad Administration after safety enhancements were implemented at 12 crossings from Mary Street to Buchanan Avenue.

The Quiet Zone designation was a collaborative effort between the City of Riverside and the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), along with BNSF Railway, the owner of the track. In addition to BNSF, Metrolink operates its Inland Empire-Orange County and 91/Perris Valley lines through this corridor, while Amtrak’s Southwest Chief connects Chicago and Los Angeles along this route. 

A Quiet Zone does not mean train horns will not be blown, but the noise from train horns has been significantly reduced. Now, train horns are only blown in the case of emergencies, such as someone present on the tracks, or if workers are along the railroad.

A second Riverside Quiet Zone, near the UC Riverside campus along the 91/Perris Valley Line, will go into effect later this month. Four crossings between Mt. Vernon and Marlborough avenues received the needed safety enhancements during the Perris Valley Line Extension Project to earn the Quiet Zone designation.

A third Quiet Zone is in its early planning stages at the four Riverside crossings from Palm Avenue to Cridge Street. The Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF both operate on this track, while Metrolink operates its Riverside Line and Amtrak its Texas Eagle and Sunset Limited routes.

Outside of Quiet Zones, operators are legally required to blow the horn as the train approaches crossings to warn drivers and pedestrians. Safety upgrades such as raised medians and additional crossing gates are needed to reach the threshold for a Quiet Zone designation.

Pedestrians and drivers are reminded to look twice in both directions as they approach crossings and never trespass along railroad right of way.

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Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 24th year of operation. Metrolink is governed by The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Metrolink operates seven routes through a six-county, 536 route-mile network. Metrolink’s passengers travel approximately 441 million miles each year, making Metrolink the second busiest public transportation provider in Southern California. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.