Shhh! Railroad Crossing Quiet Zones Start Monday

Tinley Park received final approval from the Federal Railroad Administration to institute 24-hour quiet zones at the village's six railroad crossings. These areas mean engineers can't sound train horns except in emergencies.

With renovation work officially finished and the opening of the pedestrian underpass at the 80th Avenue Metra station, Tinley Park's six railroad crossings can now institute "quiet zones," beginning Monday, Dec. 3.

READ: Silence on the Rails—No More Train Horns in Tinley

Tinley Park received approval from the Federal Railroad Administration this week to enact the 24-hour quiet zones at the crossings at Central Avenue, 167th Street, 66th Court, Oak Park Avenue, 80th Avenue and 183rd Street, according to a village press release. The zone means engineers cannot sound train horns except for emergency or safety reasons, the release continued.

“We have worked diligently to ensure that these crossings meet safety standards,” Trustee Thomas Staunton, who heads the village's Public Works Committee, stated in the release. “The train engineer maintains the option to sound the horns when absolutely necessary, but the crossings will now be much more quiet and peaceful for those who live near them.”

READ: What it Means for Tinley Residents When Trains Go Silent

The Federal Railroad Administration had initially approved the village's quiet zone request to be implemented in July, but completion of the 80th Avenue station's underpass delayed that.

In order for the quiet zones to be implemented, the village budgeted $250,000 for improvements at those crossings, including erecting safety barriers, signage and signals.

“We are very grateful to residents who have waited patiently for the successful conclusion of this lengthy process,” said Mayor Ed Zabrocki in the release. “We also thank Metra for working with us to improve the quality of life for residents who live near the tracks.”

Monday will be the first day engineers won't be allowed to sound their horns, but it could take a month or so for them to adapt to the new zones, the release added.

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TP Resident November 30, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I agree I am going to miss the train horns! It's part of Tinley!
CSXsonic December 07, 2012 at 04:09 AM
This is the worst idea ever. Quiet zones just increase the risk of death.
CSXsonic December 07, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Now where will we railfan? ;(
CSXsonic December 07, 2012 at 04:11 AM
P.S. so much for Tinely " Junction".
Jacob Moreno December 15, 2012 at 08:20 PM
People this is a huge safety risk here too. Take for instance the 80 mph Metra train that runs every weekday, he flys through Tinley Park and the passes various restaurants block the view of Oak Park avenue. Lets say you have some idiot speedster who barley notices the crossing, and then gets hit, now what? Yes the engineer can use the horns in times of emergency, but by the time he/she starts "blaring" it's too late. This is just one example of a scenario, and train horns are over a 100 decibels for a reason.


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