At our City Council meeting today, we submitted our second request for funding through FDOT’s Quiet Zone Grant Funding program. This grant will fund the design and construction of adding supplemental safety measures to allow for quiet zones along the corridor within the City.
Quiet zones are areas along the rail corridor where engineers are not required to sound their horn due to additional safety measures that have been put in place. The City’s goal is to have the entire SunRail corridor within the city limits become a quiet zone.
This second grant would provide the funding for an additional two crossings to the already 16 crossings that have been funded.
By treating 18 of the 30 rail crossings along the SunRail corridor, this will be sufficient to provide a single quiet zone throughout our entire City that will benefit residents and businesses equally along the entire corridor.
The City has already installed the safety measures necessary at Wilkinson Street, King Street, Rollins Street and Princeton Street.
This next phase of construction work will likely not be completed until late in 2016 and the Quiet Zone for the entire 30 crossings in the SunRail corridor in the City is estimated to be established by summer 2017.
As Orlando grows, it’s important that we ensure that this growth is strategic and enhances the lives of our residents.
Adding quiet zones along with SunRail is another example of our strategic growth as a City.
By having strategic growth we are able to preserve our neighborhoods and residential areas while we grow as a city.
– Buddy Dyer, Mayor