This just in from the township of Montclair. The long-sought Quiet Zone whistle ban has been delayed for several weeks, awaiting waiver.
Notice to Residents: Train Horns in Montclair
Despite the best efforts of Montclair and NJ TRANSIT over the past several months, it has become apparent that there will be a short gap between the end of the Train Whistle Ban and the implementation of a Quiet Zone. During this gap, which could last a few weeks, NJ TRANSIT must comply with the federal law governing the use of horns at grade crossings. As a result, residents will notice use of locomotive horns between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. after June 24, 2010.
As residents of Montclair may know, the Township has been working aggressively and cooperatively with NJ TRANSIT to implement a Quiet Zone that would allow for silencing train horns at all crossings in Montclair 24 hours a day. The Township and NJ TRANSIT have applied for a waiver from the Federal Railroad Administration to allow the current 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. whistle ban to stay in effect until all the requisite safety enhancements to grade crossings have been completed and the 24-hour Quiet Zone can be put into effect. However, there may be a short delay of a few weeks before the waiver is granted, when federal safety regulations will require trains to blow whistles in advance of all grade crossings in order to ensure motorist and pedestrian safety. All railroads must comply with these regulations, which supersede all existing regulations, such as Montclair’s nighttime “whistle ban.”
The Township and NJ TRANSIT will continue to work with the Federal Railroad Administration to ensure that this process moves forward as expeditiously as possible.
In March, the town council authorized $1.186 million ($1.126 million to be financed by bonds) to pay for Quiet Zone implementation.