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April 14, 2017 - Quiet zones established for railroad crossings

Post Date:04/14/2017 4:24 PM

Immediate release
April 14, 2017
Media contact:
Stacie Causey, Public Information Specialist
Office: 352-438-2311 ▪ Cell: 352-789-2152

Marion County: Quiet zones established at railroad crossings

The completion of safety enhancements in southeastern Marion County establishes quiet zones effective April 14, 2017, for the following railroad crossings:

- County Road 42, 500 feet east of U.S. Highway 301
- Southeast 135th Street, 1700 feet east of U.S. Highway 301
- Southeast 147th Street, 4500 feet east of U.S. Highway 301 

The Marion County Office of the County Engineer, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation and CSX Railroad, upgraded and updated crossing gate arms, medians, signage and warning devices.

Quiet zones are established areas along railroad tracks where train horns are not routinely sounded. These newly approved quiet zones no longer require trains to sound their horns at intersections unless deemed necessary for safety reasons.

The improvements underscore the county’s commitment to programs emphasizing transportation efficiency and to the strategic goal to deliver an effective and cost-feasible level of service to residents and visitors.

For more information, contact Marion County Office of the County Engineer at 352-671-8686.