Quiet Zone in Effect (May 29, 2019)

The quiet zone went into effect at midnight May18, 2019! Broward's quiet zone is the single longest quiet zone in the country. All of the residents and employees along the eastern rail corridor will not hear the horn at every crossing.

The quiet zone follows the Federal Railroad Administration’s guidance and established that all trains on the corridor do not have to regularly sound the horn at rail crossings. The engineer may still sound the horn if they perceive a threat on or near the tracks. A threat is a person or vehicle in close proximity to the tracks. Unfortunately, Broward County has the highest recorded number of trespassers, people cross tracks in locations other than rail crossings, in the state. Also, vehicles may be too close to the tracks, and the train engineer is taking extra precautions. What these two primary reasons an engineer may sound the horn have in common is safety. The engineer is ultimately attempting to avoid a potentially life threatening situation.

Quiet Zone Construction Reaches Completion (April 25, 2019)

The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and its partners from Brightline are proud to announce the completion of quiet zone construction. Read the Press Release HERE.

Quiet Zone Construction Update (April 10, 2019)

Brightline is now projecting April 22, 2019 as the completion date of the construction. Please see Brightline’s latest memo which provides a detailed explanation of why the date has shifted. After construction is completed and inspected, the Broward MPO will send out the necessary paperwork to the federal government to bring the quiet zone online. After the paperwork is mailed, a mandatory twenty-one day waiting period begins. Based on Brightline’s projected completion date, we can expect the quiet zone to come online by the mid-May 2019.

Quiet Zone Construction Update (April 4, 2019)

Brightline has tentatively set April 11, 2019 as the completion date for construction of the improvements which warrant a quiet zone. Immediately after the construction is complete, the Broward MPO will send, by certified mail, the necessary documentation to the Federal Railroad Administration, as well as the affected parties. That begins the mandatory twenty-one day waiting period. Then the quiet zone will be active. The target is the first week in May.

Two months ago, Brightline discovered eighty street poles at crossings along the rail corridor were missing. These poles are necessary for the new Quiet Zone signs, a required element for enacting the corridor designation. The poles were in place six months prior, and it is not clear why they are missing. The Broward MPO is working with Broward County and FDOT to replace the poles and signs as quickly as possible,

We are working towards bringing the quiet zone online as quickly and safely as possible.

Quiet Zone Construction Update (March 8, 2019)

"Broward County staff reported to [Brightline] they expect to have the remaining signage installed by March 29. [Brightline's] installation schedule aligns with this date, as [they] anticipate completing the work at Commercial Blvd by March 31."  March 8, 2019 Memo

Quiet Zone Construction Update (February 22, 2019)

Construction of the final supplemental safety measure has been pushed back to March 9, 2019 by Brightline. Once the construction is completed and inspected, the Notice of Establishment, which enables the quiet zone after 21 days of postmark, can be sent to the Federal Railroad Administration. As this project comes to close and the quiet zone becomes active, please remember to practice railroad safety by adhering to all signs, signals and when you see tracks, think train.

Quiet Zone Construction Update (January 22, 2019)

In their latest update, Brightline has projected February 15, 2019 as the completion date of the quiet zone upgrades. The Broward MPO will work with our municipal and county partners, and the Federal Railroad Administration to finalize the paperwork needed to bring the quiet zone online as quickly as possible.

Quiet Zone Implementation Update (December 10, 2018)

The Broward MPO has been working with Brightline to overcome the challanges encoutered by creating the longest single quiet zone in the country. Our collective goal is to bring the quiet zone online as quickly and safely as possible.

December 10, 2018 Letter from the MPO

 

Quiet Zone Implementation Update (August 1, 2018)

The Broward MPO has recieved a memo from Brightline explaining that the Broward Quiet Zone will be delayed for several months. The delay is due to the need to replace gate houses (the houses that contain the controls for the crossing arms, lights, and bells) at certain crossings. The gate houses must be custom fabricated, shipped, and installed. The Broward MPO is ready to file the necessary paperwork with the Federal Railroad Administration and is working with Brightline to get Quiet Zones installed as efficiently as possible.

August 1, 2018 Brightline Memo

When is the Quiet Zone coming?

The Broward MPO is continuing to monitor the status of the construction of the safety upgrades. As of now, Brightline has begun construction in Palm Beach County, and is working south. We do not have a definitive timeline on when the safety upgrades will be started in Broward County. Broward's quiet zone is one continuous 26 mile segment. Therefore, all of the safety upgrades must be in place and certified before the necessary paperwork can be filed with the Federal Railroad Administration.

What is a Quiet Zone? 

Quiet Zone SSM Locations 12 26 2018

A Quiet Zone is a section of rail line at least one-half mile in length that contains one or more consecutive public highway rail grade crossings where locomotive horns are not sounded upon the train’s approach, although train horns may be sounded for emergency situations at the conductor’s discretion. Quiet Zones are being established on both the Florida East Coast (FEC) and CSX tracks in Broward County.

Who is creating the Quiet Zone?

The Broward MPO has been working with Brightline to establish a Quiet Zone on the FEC tracks. The MPO has also been working with CSX and Tri-Rail to establish a Quiet Zone on the CSX tracks. In Broward County, the City of Hollywood will be the lead agency on the Quiet Zone application, and will be joined by the seven other municipalities, as well as Broward County, and the Florida Department of Transportation. The Broward MPO has also been working with the Palm Beach TPA to establish a contiguous Quiet Zone in both counties.

Where will a Quiet Zone be established? 

Broward County will have one contiguous Quiet Zone along the Florida East Coast (FEC) railroad corridor. Within Broward County there are 65 at-grade crossings along the FEC corridor. These crossing are located in eight municipalities: Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Hollywood, and Hallandale Beach.

What are the infrastructure improvements being constructed to create a Quiet Zone?

Click below to watch a video about Quad Gates from Operation Lifesaver

Street

 City

Supplemental Safety Measure (SSM)

S.E.4TH ST.

Deerfield Beach

Four Quadrant Gates

S.W.15TH ST.

Deerfield Beach

Four Quadrant Gates

SR 834 SAMPLE RD

Pompano Beach

Four Quadrant Gates

N.E. 10TH ST.

Pompano Beach

Four Quadrant Gates

NW 31ST AVE

Pompano Beach

Four Quadrant Gates

S.W. 2ND ST.

Pompano Beach

Four Quadrant Gates

CYPRESS CREEK RD

Fort Lauderdale

Four Quadrant Gates

COMMERCIAL BLVD

Fort Lauderdale Four Quadrant Gates

N.E. 38TH ST.

Oakland Park

Four Quadrant Gates

N.E. 36TH ST.

Oakland Park

Four Quadrant Gates

OAKLAND PARK BLVD

Oakland Park

Four Quadrant Gates

NE 26TH ST

Wilton Manors

Four Quadrant Gates

N.E. 3RD AVE

Fort Lauderdale

Four Quadrant Gates

N.ANDREWS AVE

Fort Lauderdale

Four Quadrant Gates

N.W. 6TH ST.

Fort Lauderdale

Four Quadrant Gates

N.W. 4TH ST.

Fort Lauderdale

Four Quadrant Gates

S.W. 9TH ST.

Fort Lauderdale

60'+ Median

W. BEACH BLVD.

Dania Beach

Four Quadrant Gates

S.W. 2ND ST.

Dania Beach

Four Quadrant Gates

SHERIDAN ST.

Hollywood

Four Quadrant Gates

TAFT ST.

Hollywood

Four Quadrant Gates

FILMORE ST.

Hollywood

Four Quadrant Gates

HOLLYWOOD BLVD

Hollywood

Four Quadrant Gates

MONROE ST.*

(To be installed after quiet zone is active.)

Hollywood

Four Quadrant Gates

HALLANDALE BLVD

Hallandale Beach

Four Quadrant Gates

Why does Broward County need a Quiet Zone?

The South Florida region is expecting an increase in the number of passenger and freight trains along the Florida East Coast (FEC) railway corridor. Increased train traffic could mean a significant increase in the frequency of train horns, which has become a concern for residents and business owners along the corridor. Per the FRA's Train Horn Rule: “…locomotive engineers must begin to sound train horns at least 15 seconds, and no more than 20 seconds, in advance of all public grade crossings.” 

How will the Quiet Zone be funded?

The Broward MPO had budgeted $4.5M as a local match for Quiet Zone and safety improvements. All Aboard Florida (AAF) is a privately operated express rail service on the Florida East Coast Railway. Thanks to a unique public-private partnership, the Broward MPO has an opportunity to leverage the investment from AAF to install in the Quiet Zone Supplemental Safety Measures  (SSM), reducing the overall cost of the project by at least 20%. AAF will be installing the latest in railroad crossing technology along the length of the corridor and will close one at-grade crossing to accommodate the station in Fort Lauderdale. The Broward MPO is able to coordinate the construction of 4 raised medians and 15 four-quadrant gates, in addition to the safety improvements that All Aboard Florida will construct at all at-grade crossings.

When did the Broward MPO start work on the Quiet Zone?

Please refer to the timeline below for a detailed account of the Broward MPO's efforts.

August 2013First Meeting with FRA.
November 2013First workshop with municipalities along the FEC corridor. FDOT presented their initial Quiet Zone diagnostics.
March 2014FEC Corridor Workshop with elected officials along the FEC corridor. The elected officials were informed of the Quiet Zone Process.
April 2014Applied for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)Grant application for $22 million worth of improvements spread over the two counties.
July 2014Second workshop with municipalities along the FEC corridor. Discussed various Quiet Zone funding and construction options.
August 2014FRA Quiet Zone Calculator Workshop. Rail expert from FRA presented the different options for creating a Quiet Zone which include installing SSMs on every crossing or targeting the crossings with the highest calculated risk.
September 2014Finalized Quiet Zone Process. After working with the 8 municipalities, Broward County, FDOT, FRA and AAF, the Broward MPO resolved to target the intersections with the highest risk.
April 2015AAF to begin construction.
September 2015Quiet Zone Workshop
Moving ForwardApply for Quiet Zone designation
Spring 2018Supplemental Safety Measures installed
Winter 2019Quiet Zone Established

For More Information

Please contact Paul Calvaresi at calvaresip@browardmpo.org or (954) 876-0037 to learn more about the Broward MPO and what they are working on in your community.