Quiet zone restored at Hero Way railroad crossing

Quiet zone restored at Hero Way railroad crossing

A quiet zone at the Hero Way railroad crossing was rescinded Feb. 12 and restored Oct. 21. (via Stephen Burnett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Trains approaching the railroad crossing at Hero Way are again keeping their horns quiet after a quiet zone at the crossing was reinstituted by a city ordinance Oct. 21.

The Federal Railroad Administration, which oversees Capital Metro railroads, rescinded the quiet zone Feb. 12 after an agency audit could not locate documents proving the area met federal qualifications, City Engineer Wayne Watts said.

“Cap Metro didn’t have the proper paperwork in their files when FRA did an audit,” Watts said.

A quiet zone requires a train operator to refrain from sounding a horn while approaching a railroad crossing. Without a quiet zone, residents near the Hero Way railroad crossing heard train horns every time a passenger or freight train passed through the city.

To restore the quiet zone, the city appropriated $70,000 for Capital Metro to install a fifth barrier arm at the crossing—meaning the city and Capital Metro would not require special permission for a quiet zone there, he said.

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Stephen Burnett has been a community journalist since 2005. He joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in November 2013. For the cities of Cedar Park, Leander and northwest Austin, he covers city and county government, business, development, events, transportation, utilities and more.
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