CTC is a respected industry leader in the assessment, design and implementation of quiet zones. The firm’s experts have extensive background in quiet zone engineering and implementation, and have been involved with the quiet zone engineering process even before the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued the Final Train Horn Rule in 2005. With the issuance of the Train Horn Rule, communities have the option of creating quiet zones to mitigate train horn noise.
Since the passage of the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings; Final Rule (CFR 49 § 222 and 229), municipalities and agencies in Texas and across the U.S. have turned to CTC for assistance in implementing quiet zones because of our robust understanding of FRA and individual railroad requirements for quiet zones, ability to implement appropriate and effective safety solutions, and railroad coordination capabilities. CTC follows a proven methodology to ensure quiet zone engineering solutions that meet the unique needs of public agencies, railroads and the public.
Many communities interested in mitigating train horn noise have studied the FRA’s Train Horn Rule but have difficulty getting the process started. CTC’s process provides appropriate assistance on an as-needed basis. Our goal is to help simplify the process and ensure that the right people are contacted and the proper steps are followed.
What improvements will need to be made to create a quiet zone within the community? What will it cost? These are basic questions that need to be determined before a community can decide whether to pursue quiet zoning. CTC inspects the grade crossings within the limits of the proposed quiet zone and recommends potential treatments for each location. CTC will furnish a quiet zone engineering report that includes cost estimates for each treatment as well as a step-by-step procedure for implementation.
Construction of recommended improvements and the associated paperwork required for quiet zones can cause delays in implementation. CTC experts have the knowledge and expertise to assist with required documentation so that implementation proceeds on schedule.
From leading diagnostic teams to calculating quiet-zone risk indices, CTC experts will ensure your project complies with all requirements and that all interested parties understand the process.