What is a quiet zone? Will we have quiet zones in NRH?

Train horns are required by federal law to be sounded at all public crossings, 24 hours a day, to warn motorists and pedestrians that a train is approaching. A quiet zone is a stretch of track where the Federal Railroad Administration has agreed that trains are not required to routinely sound the horn at each public crossing except in emergencies, such as someone on the track or workers within 25 feet of the track or at the discretion of the crew, as appropriate.

The City is working with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and their contractors to establish Quiet Zone crossings through North Richland Hills. As part of Quiet Zone, significant safety improvements will be made to existing crossings, including installation of medians and new railroad crossing warning signs. The Quiet Zone designation—and all the improvements that go along with it—is planned to be in place by the opening of the rail line.

At the rail stations there are certain bells and horns that the system is required to use to alert passengers of an incoming/outgoing train to/from the station. This would only be during operating hours, not in the middle of the night.

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1. Why is TEXRail work closing roadways in NRH?
2. Why can’t they complete this work with lane closures?
3. Why isn’t this work being done over the weekends?
4. Why does the new crossing seem rough when I drive over it?
5. Where will the NRH stations be located and how many parking spaces will they have?
6. When will service begin and how many trips will be offered daily?
7. What are the benefits of TEXRail for NRH?
8. What is being done to limit noise and pollution?
9. What is a quiet zone? Will we have quiet zones in NRH?
10. Will my taxes go up to pay for this service?
11. If my home is near the rail line, will this affect my property values?
12. How will TEXRail service impact traffic at crossings in NRH?
13. What type of development is planned around the NRH stations?
14. Won’t the rail stations and surrounding developments bring more people to NRH and thus more traffic?
15. Should we be worried about an increase in crime at and around the rail stations?
16. Some say TEXRail won’t improve traffic congestion. Is this true?
17. How will TEXRail benefit the local economy?
18. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to build more roads?
19. When did planning for TEXRail begin and when were the NRH stations approved?
20. I have additional questions. Where can I get more information?