Railroad Quiet Zones
A quiet zone is a minimum one-half mile long railroad corridor containing one or more public roadway crossings where train horns are not routinely sounded. All crossings must have flashing lights, gates, and constant warning before a quiet zone can be established. Train horns may still be sounded in the case of an equipment malfunction or if a person or vehicle is near the tracks.
There are five ways to quiet crossings. These supplemental safety measures are considered equal to use of the train horn.
- Permanent or night-time closure of roadway
- Four-quadrant gates
- Raised medians or channelization devices
- One-way streets with gates
- Wayside horns
For more information about the requirements that communities must meet in order to implement a Quiet Zone, see the FRA Final Rule.
Lincoln's Quiet Zones
Lincoln has four designated Quiet Zones, which include twelve crossings along the BNSF railroad.
- 1. North Lincoln Quiet Zone
- Four crossings along the BNSF tracks and Cornhusker Highway at:
- 33rd Street
- 35th/Adams Street
- 44th Street
- 70th Street
- 2. Lincoln South Salt Creek Quiet Zone
- One crossing at 1st and J streets.
- 3. Lincoln South Quiet Zone
- Six crossings, generally along the 3rd street corridor, with crossings at:
- "D" Street
- South Street
- Park Blvd
- Pioneers Blvd.
- Old Cheney Road
- South 14th Street
- 4. Lincoln Satillo Road Quiet Zone
- One crossing at Satillo Road, just west of 27th street