Train Horn Quiet Zone

Town continues to evaluate options

Following community feedback, Town Council in February 2016 decided not to proceed with an idea to create a train horn quiet zone by closing the Second Street crossing. Instead, Town Council directed staff to evaluate funding options for funding a variety of ideas. 

In mid-March, Town Council presented the funding options, which could include funding from the Town, the Downtown Development Authority, a partnership with Douglas County, or applying for grants. 

Federal Railroad Administration seeks public input.

The FRA is conducting a retrospective review of its locomotive train horn regulations.

As part of this review, the FRA is soliciting public comment on whether the FRA should modify, streamline, or expand any requirements of FRA's locomotive train horn regulations to reduce paperwork and other economic burdens on the rail industry, states and local authorities, while maintaining the highest safety standards. 

Learn more from the FRA and submit a formal comment on the FRA's website

Trains, a quiet zone and the Federal Government

Because trains cross state boarders, it is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration that regulates the railroad, including the quiet zone. 

The FRA requires train engineers to sound train horns at railroad crossings for safety reasons. The horns promote safety, because they alert those in the area that a train is coming. Without that sound, something else must be done to reach a certain safety level. 

If a local jurisdiction, like Castle Rock, wants to quiet the train horn, it is up to the local government to implement the zone in line with Federal requirement. The Town has explored a variety of options.