Train quiet zone starts Monday in Tinley Park
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org November 30, 2012 2:52PM
A quiet zone goes into effect Monday for trains in Tinley Park. Engineers can only blow train horns if there is a safety concern. | File photo
Updated: January 3, 2013 6:22AM
The sound of train horns near Tinley Park’s six railroad crossings should be a thing of the past when the village’s quiet zone goes into effect Monday.
The Federal Railroad Administration has given its final approval for the 24-hour zone, and Metra officials have notified train engineers that the zone will take effect, according to a news release from the village.
Horns still may be heard, however, as it may take some time for all the train engineers to adapt to the new policy, the release said.
The village first revealed its plans for a quiet zone nearly two years ago.
“We are very grateful to residents who have waited patiently for the successful conclusion of this lengthy process,” Mayor Ed Zabrocki said in the release. “We also thank Metra for working with us to improve the quality of life for residents who live near the tracks.”
The six at-grade crossings that comprise the quiet zone are at Central Avenue, 167th Street, 66th Court, Oak Park Avenue, 80th Avenue and 183rd Street.
The zone bans the sounding of train horns unless the engineer deems it necessary for safety reasons.
Officials waited for a pedestrian underpass at the 80th Avenue train station to open before implementing the quiet zone. Previously, commuters crossed the tracks at grade level, so a quiet zone might have compromised safety.
Additional safety measures had to be taken at street crossings as well, including installing raised medians at some crossings to prevent vehicles from bypassing lowered gates, plus additional signs and flashing beacons.