San Diego Quiet Zone Gets Approved

Posted on June 24, 2010 | by Denny Oh

loudnoiseOn Tuesday June 22nd 2010, the San Diego City Council finally approved the $20.9 million Quiet Zone Act. This plan will create the country’s largest “quiet zone,” affecting 13 rail crossing by adding safety features such as “gates blocking traffic, medians and other measures to protect drivers and passengers.”  The plan was approved by a 6-2 vote and the only opposition came from Council members that wanted to find alternative ways to fund the estimated $60K in annual maintenance and inspection costs.

The Quiet Zone Act stretches from Laurel Street, all the way to Park Boulevard and will reduce the places that the trains have to blow there horns, which can reach up to 120 decibels (a gun shot registers at 140 db).  The construction will begin this August and is supposed to be completed by November of 2011.

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  1. Bob Peterson says:

    Hi Denny:

    What’s the status on the quiet zone? I thought that it was supposed to be finished in May. Did the City decide to cancel it?

  2. Denny Oh says:

    Hi Bob – that’s a great question. The site,, was last updated in December of 2011 and said it would be done by Spring of 2012…whoops. To be honest, I don’t know what they’re doing. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  3. Denny Oh says:

    Hi Bob – thanks for the info! Hopefully they meet their deadline.