June 24, 2019
The City of South Bend Department of Public Works announces the first phase of establishing a Quiet Zone on the City’s west side has been completed. A Quiet Zone for the Norfolk Southern crossings at the Grandview Avenue, Meade Street and Olive Street crossings went into effect on Monday, June 17. Quiet Zones eliminate the routine use of train horns at railroad crossings and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods.
Additional pavement markings and signage have been added at each of the three crossings. This track accounts for up to 90 trains per day that will stop blowing their horns. “I would like to extend my thanks to the South Bend Common Council for their leadership and support in establishing a west side Quiet Zone,” said Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “The City continues to work on establishing a Quiet Zone for the remaining trains and anticipates having this complete by the end of the year.”
South Bend Common Council President Tim Scott says, “Improving the safety of railroad crossings and eliminating train whistles in our city is a major first step in improving the quality-of-life for residents. Studies indicate consistent loud noises affect sleep, concentration, and cognitive development in children. It has been our goal to work with the City administration and the railroads for a quieter South Bend.”
The City wants to remind the public that the Federal Rail Administration Train Horn Rule requires trains to sound their horns under various circumstances and train horns may still sound at these and other crossings.