Q: What are Quiet Zones? Quiet Zones are areas where particular types of safety improvements have been made to eliminate the need for the sounding of train whistles. The improvements necessary to establish a quiet zone are regulated by the federal government.
Q: Where are the Quiet Zones in Spokane Valley? Spokane Valley has just one quiet zone, at the University Road/Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad crossing.
Q: Isn't Park Road a Quiet Zone? No. The Park Road Safety project completed in 2010 was in response to BNSF train engineers' concerns about vehicles bypassing the crossing gates at the Park Road/BNSF railroad crossing. The safety project did not include modifications that would be needed to designate the crossing as a Quiet Zone.
Q: How do you establish a Quiet Zone? The process to establish a Quiet Zone is regulated by the federal government and is a long, complex, and typically expensive process. Listed below are some types of improvements that could possibly qualify a crossing for consideration as a Quiet Zone; however, the authority to designate a quiet zone rests with the Federal Railroad Administration and the railroad company.
Q: How much does it cost to create a Quiet Zone? Other than street closures, establishing a new Quiet Zone can be expensive with costs ranging from $30,000 to $5 million per crossing, depending on the types of modifications required.