Options for creating a quiet zone could include completely closing a crossing, installing raised medians, installing additional gates, creating one-way streets, or using horns at the gates rather than on the train - called wayside horns. The goal of a quiet zone is to reach a certain level of safety, defined in a measurement index by the Federal Railroad Administration. Any one or a combination of safety options can be used as long as they reach a certain threshold for safety as defined by that index. It is also possible that using one of the measures at one crossing can reach an appropriate safety score within that index to quiet the horn at multiple crossings located near each other, such as the crossings at Second, Third and Fifth streets.
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2023.