Saturday, January 19, 2019

Southlake TEXRail crossings to be Quiet Zones

With the new TEXRail project almost complete, there has been an increase in train noise as the system is being tested. The train horn is loud, we hear it too! The good news is Quiet Zones will soon be in place in Southlake.

The City of Grapevine has filed the Notice of Establishment to create Quiet Zones along the rail line. Southlake has two rail crossings included in the request: SH 26 at Brumlow Avenue and SH 26 at Kimball Avenue.

The 27-mile commuter rail line will connect Fort Worth to Grapevine and into DFW Airport and is expected to begin full operation on January 5, 2019. In preparation for full-service, TEXRail noise has been louder than normal during mandated Federal Railroad Administration testing. This safety testing is required to take place day and night. Part of the testing process requires the trains to blow their horns as they pass through intersections, and is what residents have recently been hearing. Once TEXRail is in full service the Quiet Zones will be established; horns should only be used if there is a safety concern.

“We’ve been told there are still a few more improvements to be made at the Brumlow intersection, but once they are done, the extra loud testing should stop,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “We know it’s very loud and that horns have been sounding at all hours day and night, but we’re hopeful once the quiet zone is established and the extra testing stops it will get better.”

To learn more about the TEXRail project or to contact TEXRail, visit https://ridetrinitymetro.org/texrail/.

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