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THE SOLUTION

All over the country, cities and counties, including Miami, Broward County and Orlando, have established quiet zones, which are regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration.

A quiet zone requires that other safety measures be put in place so that it is unnecessary for train engineers to blow the horns, except in the case of an emergency. These measures include:

  • Installing lights and four-quadrant gates (four long arms)

  • Installing traffic barriers to stop drivers from going around lowered gates or into opposing lanes of traffic

  • Closing the crossing to vehicular traffic

 

The crossings that are under consideration for the quiet zone are:

  • Prudential Drive (at Baptist Health)

  • San Marco Boulevard

  • Nira Street

  • Naldo Avenue

  • Hendricks Avenue

  • Atlantic Boulevard

  • River Oaks Road

  • St. Augustine Road

  • Emerson Street

All of these crossings have lights and two-quadrant gates (long arm and short arm). River Oaks and Emerson already have traffic barriers. A San Marco quiet zone would require new traffic islands and/or upgraded gates at these crossings. The level of upgrade would determine the cost.

Establishing a quiet zone in San Marco would improve the quality of life for residents, merchants and patrons. Here's what you can do.