DELRAY QUIET ZONE IN EFFECT: Trains To Operate Without Horns


DELRAY BEACH, FL ( (Source: City of Delray Beach) — Delray Beach has announced the city’s establishment of a quiet zone effective Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm. The quiet zone located along the Brightline/FECR railway corridor is between West Palm Beach and Boca Raton. This corridor includes the City of Delray Beach from Lindell Blvd to NE 36th Street. The quiet zone means, that passenger and freight trains along the FEC Corridor will no longer regularly blow horns at the railroad crossings.  However, train horns may still be used in emergency situations or to comply with Federal regulations or operating rules.
The quiet zones, which required supplemental safety measures at some railroad crossings included adding quadrant gates and additional signage, were funded by the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency and constructed by Brightline.  ALL railroad crossings in Delray Beach are a part of the quiet zone corridor, and the “no train horn” areas apply to both freight and Brightline trains.
“As the quiet zones go into effect, it is critical that pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers are vigilant and make wise decisions when they are near the railroad tracks,” says Mayor Shelly Petrolia. “The City continues its efforts in promoting rail safety and encourages the public to follow the laws in place to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”
While the reduction of the trains horns will provide some relief for those who live near the FEC corridor, it will also require pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers to adhere to all safety precautions. Pedestrians and bicyclists should remove headphones and look both ways when crossing the tracks and should only cross at designated crossings. When the gates are down, and the lights are flashing red, everyone must stop. It is never safe to attempt to beat a train or cross the tracks when lights are flashing, and gates are down.
Railroad Crossings in the City of Delray Beach (North to South)

Brightline’s Operation Life Saver program encourages people to make the safe choice, stay off the tracks and know the signs and signals. Proceed only when it is safe to do so. Do not walk or bike under or around the gates. Trains always have the right-of-way.


Paul Saperstein


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