A Quiet Zone is a stretch of track where trains do not routinely sound their horns at grade crossings. It is not necessarily quiet. At each crossing the lights and bells are still activated. Upon approach to a crossing the train horn will not be required to sound.
The train operator may sound the horn at their discretion if they observe individuals, animals or hazards near the tracks and are concerned about safety. If construction work is occurring near the tracks they may also sound the horn. Additionally, when the train leaves the station they are required to sound the horn.
So, even though a 24-hour quiet zone may be established, we will continue hear the train horn in Santa Rosa, only with less frequency.
City of Santa Rosa Quiet Zones will include all of the grade crossings from San Miguel Road to Bellevue Avenue within the City limits.
Quiet zones, which require Federal Railroad Administration approval, reduce the amount of noise generated by train horns by increasing safety measures at railroad crossings.
Signs will be placed in accordance with California regulations at each crossing throughout Santa Rosa to alert drivers that the horns will not be sounded. The lights and bells that activate at the crossings will continue to be in effect for the safety of people and motorists.