FrontRunner South Quiet Zone Overview

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FrontRunner South Quiet Zone overview with detailed information regarding crossing improvements and implementation timeline.

FrontRunner South Quiet Zone overview with detailed information regarding crossing improvements and implementation timeline.

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  • Additional gates/medians installed on streets feeding into crossing
  • Gates are in down position at 12 secondsAt 32 seconds you see the trainFrom 33 to 37 seconds – approx. 460 ft. Can cover approx 460 ft. in four seconds.Gates up at 40 seconds55 seconds gates in up position


  • 1. FrontRunner SouthQuiet Zone Implementation Presented by Jon D. CluffManager of Engineering and Construction UTA FrontRunner South
  • 2. Quiet Zone Background• FRA requires train horns (minimum of 96 dBA and max of 110 dBA) for 15 to 20 seconds• FrontRunner South line will have 64 trains per day• Mitigation for train horn noise is creation of Quiet Zone• FRA Final Rule on Quiet Zones effective June 24, 2005• Per Final Rule: Quiet Zones require installation of Supplementary Safety Measures (SSMs)
  • 3. Local Quiet Zone Basics• Neither FrontRunner nor freight will sound horns at crossings*• *Operators may sound horn if necessary (workers in corridor, trespassers, etc.)• 44-mile corridor from Provo to Salt Lake will be quiet zone• FrontRunner corridor separates from UPRR between University Parkway and Center Street• Nation’s longest continuous quiet zone between Ogden and Salt Lake• FrontRunner North opened April 26, 2008 and Quiet Zone started May 1, 2008
  • 4. Quiet Zone Crossing Features• Active signal devices• Raised medians• Signage
  • 5. Quiet Zone Crossing Features• Road profile changes• 200 S. Lehi
  • 6. Quiet Zone Crossing Features• Road profile changes• 5900 S. Murray
  • 7. Upgraded Crossings with SSMs• Provo: 200 W., 500 W., 700 W., 900 W. • South Jordan: Jordan Gateway, 10000 S.• Orem: 400 S. • Sandy: 9400 S.• Vineyard: 400 N. • Murray: 5900 S., Vine St., 4800 S., 4500 S. Frontage• American Fork: 1500 S., 1100 S., 100 E., Storrs Ave., 200 S. • Salt Lake City: 1700 S., 900 S., 800 S.• Lehi: Center St., 200 S., Main St., 500 W.
  • 8. Now with Active Warning Devices• Provo: Draper Lane, 1680 N., 2800 W.• Orem: 2000 S., 800 S.• Vineyard: Vineyard Rd.• American Fork: 100 W.• Lehi: 900 N., 1500 N.
  • 9. Now Grade-Separated• Vineyard: Geneva Rd.• Lehi: 7350 W. Millpond Rd, 2100 N.• South Jordan: 11400 S.
  • 10. Now ClosedLehi: 300 E., 300 S., 1220 N.
  • 11. UTA Safety OutreachIn preparation for quiet zone UTA will:• Conduct Operation Lifesaver presentations at all schools with boundaries that cross tracks• Launch a safety/awareness campaign about quiet zone (e.g. billboards, radio liners, back-attack bus ads, information on UTA website, social media)
  • 12. FrontRunner At-Grade Crossing• Average gate down time is less than 60 seconds
  • 13. Implementation Process Timeline Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov DecFRA RankingCity Staff CoordinationCity work SessionCity Council Approv./ILAFinalize ReportNotice of Intent (NOI)30-Day Comment PeriodNotice of Estab. (NOE)3-Week WaitTrain Horns QuietedRevenue Operations
  • 14. Additional Information If you are interested in riding the FrontRunner system to see existing crossings first-hand, please contact Jon D. Cluff at 801-287-4728