Quiet Zones Take Effect Tomorrow on Denver Portion of University of Colorado A Line

DENVER (Feb. 28, 2019) – Starting tomorrow, March 1, quiet zones will take effect in Denver along the University of Colorado A Line, meaning that the Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s commuter rail trains and freight trains will not routinely sound their horns when approaching nine of the line’s 11 crossings. 

The formal process required by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to implement quiet zones in Denver has been completed. The FRA approved a waiver for constant warning times at the nine crossings, and the City and County of Denver filed a Notice of Establishment for quiet zones. This milestone was made possible by successful ongoing collaboration among RTD; its commuter rail concessionaire, Denver Transit Partners (DTP); the City and County of Denver; and FRA. 

“Arriving at this significant day reflects thoughtful, diligent work by RTD and all of our partners,” said General Manager and CEO David Genova. “We remain appreciative of the public’s support and remind them to be our partners in safety and always exercise awareness and caution around trains.”

“This is the day residents along RTD’s A Line have been looking forward to,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Our city crews are uncovering the signs, and the quiet zones will be in effect tomorrow. We know everyone who lives, works and plays near the commuter rail line will celebrate this important milestone and enjoy an even better quality of life thanks to the added noise reduction.”

While horns will no longer be sounded as a matter of routine, operators reserve the right to do so in any event they consider unsafe or if maintenance workers are along the tracks, as required by federal regulations. Gates, lights and bells will continue to activate and sound at crossings as a warning to car and pedestrian traffic in the area.

Quiet zones can be eliminated at any time along the 23-mile commuter rail line if the FRA deems it necessary due to safety concerns. 

RTD, FRA and the City of Aurora continue to work through the process for establishing quiet zones on the University of Colorado A Line’s two remaining crossings, both located in Aurora.