Mayor Announces Quiet Zones in Boca Raton & Reiterates Safety
Boca Raton, Fl. Boca Raton Mayor, Scott Singer, held a press conference on Wednesday morning, May 30 at the historic Count de Hoernle Train Pavilion to announce the implementation of the Quiet Zones along the FEC corridor.
Boca Raton Mayor, Scott Singer, held a press conference on Wednesday morning, May 30 at the historic Count de Hoernle Train Pavilion to announce the implementation of the Quiet Zones along the FEC corridor. The Quiet Zones go into effect at 11:59 pm on May 30, 2018.
The Quiet Zones, which required supplemental safety measures, including four quadrant gates and additional signage, were funded by the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency and constructed by Brightline. All 10 railroad crossings in Boca Raton are a part of the quiet zone, and the “no train horn” areas apply to freight and Brightline trains. Train horns may still be used in emergency situations or to comply with Federal regulations or operating rules.
The quiet zones, which will be a welcome relief to many residents who live near the FEC corridor, will also require pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers to adhere to all safety precautions. It is never safe to attempt to beat a train or cross the tracks when lights are flashing and gates are down. Pedestrians and bicyclists should remove headphones when crossing the tracks and should only cross at designated crossings.
Brightline’s Operation Life Saver program encourages people to make the safe choice, stay off the tracks and know the signs and signals.
Mayor Singer was joined by Council members Andrea Levine O’Rourke and Monica Mayotte, as well as County Commissioner Steven Abrams, members of the Boca Raton Police and Fire Departments, and Ali Soule, Director of Public Affairs and Media Relations for Brightline.