RTD-04172020-KS-135

A rider waits on the westbound platform as the RTD University of Colorado A Line train arrives at the Central Park Station on Smith Road in Denver on April 17, 2020. 

Two years after quiet zones were first implemented, RTD is seeking feedback on its train quiet zones and horn usage in a series of upcoming virtual community meetings.

In quiet zones, light rail and freight trains do not use horns when approaching crossings unless under circumstances that require additional safety precautions. This is to limit noise for people who live and work near the crossings.

However, in quiet zones gates, lights and bells still activate at crossings to warn car and pedestrian traffic.

RTD has designated quiet zones along portions of the N, G and B Lines, in addition to the Denver section of the University of Colorado A Line.

When the A Line quiet zone was approved in 2019, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said it, “enhances our residents’ quality of life by pushing to limit the noise that may be detrimental to those who live, work or stay near the corridor.”

Now, the community members have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on how the quiet zones have influenced their lives.

During the meetings, RTD officials will also present updates on horn usage in Denver and explain the Federal Railroad Administration’s safety requirements for quiet zones.

The meetings will take place on March 3, 4 and 5 from noon to 1 p.m. Information on which lines are being discussed and how to join the meetings is available at rtd-denver.com.

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