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After many years of waiting and working with the railroad and local citizens, a railroad Quiet Zone (QZ – explained below) is almost in place. The City hired contractor is almost done with the work on the installation of vehicle detection loops (VDLs) in the Mt. Baker Crossing off Mukilteo Lane.
Late last year and earlier this year, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad put in a new four arm crossing control (the arms or bars will be attached to arm control towers after the VDLs go in).
Once the four bars are in and VDLs are operational we will move forward to final approval of a Quiet Zone that is consistent with Federal Railroad Administration standards and through which train horns are not required to be blown unless the train engineer determines a specific need.
Having the QZ should substantially reduce the number of times trains need to sound their horn. Presently, it is required that the train engineer sound the horn. With a QZ in place, regulations require the horn to be silent unless the train engineer sees activity, such as trespassing on the RR ROW, that requires sounding of the horn. The QZ should be functional by the middle of February if not sooner.
For further information contact City Hall - (425) 263-8000.