Wilton Manors Commissioner Tom Green recently moved to a residence close to the FEC railroad track, and he’s glad the Quiet Zone will be implemented this year. “It certainly will be something I look forward to,” said Green, who also serves as an alternate board member of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization [MPO].
The Quiet Zone, which runs the entire length of Broward County, including Wilton Manors, is intended to keep train operators from having to blow their horns at railroad crossings. With the addition of safety measures, designed to make it harder for vehicles to cross the tracks when a train approaches or is passing by, horns will no longer be necessary. Crossings along the railroad tracks, including Northeast 26 Street, will be altered with the additional safety measures.
In a letter to municipalities impacted by the Quiet Zone, Gregory Stuart, executive director of the MPO, said the safety measures exceed the standards required.
The cost, $4.2 million, is funded by the MPO with the help of All Aboard Florida, the passenger rail service which will run from Miami to Orlando and include stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.