LAKELAND, FL (June 3, 2014) – On Saturday, June 7, 2014, the Lakeland Quiet Zone will become effective in the Downtown area between Ingraham Avenue and the former New York Avenue rail crossing. Within the designated Quiet Zone area, trains will not be allowed to routinely sound horns at each rail crossing; however, horns must still be blown in the event of an emergency.
Lakeland became eligible to declare its Downtown a Quiet Zone following CSX Transportation’s completion of a separate rail safety enhancement project that included four quad-gate installation at Ingraham, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida and Missouri Avenues and the removal New York Avenue crossing. These rail crossing safety enhancements were constructed as part of an overall improvement project on a 200-mile section of the “S” Line between the new Winter Haven rail terminal and Jacksonville.
With the Quiet Zone becoming effective this week, Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs expressed “his sincere appreciation to CSX for its rail crossing safety improvement work in the Downtown area; to CSX, the Florida DOT, the Federal Railroad Administration for their work with City staff to make the Quiet Zone a reality; and to the public and local businesses for their continued interest and participation in the Quiet Zone establishment process over the past several years.” Mayor Wiggs further stated that “the Quiet Zone designation is a crucial step in achieving the community’s goal of increased residential and business development in Downtown Lakeland.”
The Quiet Zone effective date follows the City’s transmittal of a required Notice of Establishment to CSX Transportation, Florida Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, AMTRAK, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Lakeland Police Department.