City es­tab­lishes quiet zone in an­tic­i­pa­tion of faster rail­way

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (April 9, 2018) – To help the pub­lic pre­pare for the in­creased and faster rail­way ac­tiv­ity from the Bright­line rail­way, the City of West Palm Beach will es­tab­lish a quiet zone along the FEC – Bright­line rail­way. On April 6, the City sub­mit­ted a quiet zone ap­pli­ca­tion to the Fed­eral Rail­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FRA), af­ter wrap­ping up an in­spec­tion of re­cently com­pleted Bright­line quiet zone safety up­grades along the rail­way be­tween the 15th St. cross­ing and the south­ern city lim­its. The City is now wait­ing for its ap­pli­ca­tion to be re­viewed by the FRA, be­fore the fi­nal es­tab­lish­ment of a quiet zone which is an­tic­i­pated within a month.

In the weeks ahead, the City will be un­der­tak­ing a sweep­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions cam­paign to re­mind res­i­dents to use caution along the rail­way, es­pe­cially as it will be get­ting qui­eter along the rail­way even though there will be in­creased and faster rail­way ac­tiv­ity. The com­mu­ni­ca­tions cam­paign is be­ing kicked off im­me­di­ately with the in­ser­tion of rail­way safety mes­sages in util­ity bill in­serts.

The City has taken a num­ber of steps to im­prove safety at rail­way cross­ings, which in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of phys­i­cal bar­ri­ers to pre­vent ve­hi­cles from driv­ing around gates at cross­ings and the in­stal­la­tion of ad­di­tional safety sig­nage.

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SAFETY MEA­SURES: To help pre­vent ac­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties, the City of West Palm Beach is launch­ing a communications cam­paign to in­form the pub­lic about the high speed Bright­line rail­way.

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