Tampa to Create Quiet Zone through Downtown - FDOT awards Tampa grant to establish quiet zone

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The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Tampa $1.35 million from the Quiet Zone Grant program to allow for the creation of a “quiet zone” throughout downtown Tampa, along CSX tracks.  In total, the anticipated cost for creating the “quiet zone” through downtown is $2.7 million. 

"The train horns are a nuisance. As our urban core continues to densify, the horns are bouncing off the buildings throughout downtown, bothering residents and impacting our economic opportunity," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.  "Downtown residents and businesses can coexist with the trains, and a quiet zone allows us to strike that balance.”

In order to silence the train horn, the City of Tampa plans to upgrade nine public highway-rail crossings through downtown Tampa from North Jefferson Street to Doyle Carlton Drive.  These upgrades will include additional gating, street medians, and signage in order to meet the quiet zone requirements established by the Federal Railroad Administration.

To view the grant application and award, please visit tampagov.net/PAO and look in the folder marked “Quiet Zone”.

To learn more about the Train Horn Rule as well as Train Quiet Zones, please visit the Federal Railroad Administration's website