Railroad quiet zones – state leaders and laggards


Source: 34thquietzone.com

34thquietzone.com

At the end of this post are lists of the leading and lagging states, based on the number of railroad quiet zones that have been established. At the present time there are a total of 570 quiet zones designated in the United States or an average of 11.4 per state.

The Federal Railroad Administration allows for the establishment of quiet zones (track segments where train horn use must be minimized) under certain situational conditions and regulations.

Congratulations to Texas (a state not often known for its strong environmental regulations) for having the most quiet zones in the nation or 16 percent of all designated quiet zones. Here is an example of a quiet zone informational brochure/webpage from the City of San Antonio, Texas.

Source: sanantonio.gov

Source: sanantonio.gov

Top Ten States

  • Texas = 91
  • Wisconsin = 74
  • Minnesota = 53
  • Illinois = 41
  • California = 38
  • Massachusetts = 29
  • Virginia = 25
  • Missouri = 24
  • Maine = 17
  • New Mexico = 13

Bottom Ten States (plus ties)

  • Delaware = 0
  • Hawaii = 0
  • Nevada = 0
  • New Hampshire = 0
  • Rhode Island = 0
  • South Dakota = 0
  • Pennsylvania = 1
  • Tennessee = 1
  • Vermont = 1
  • West Virginia = 1
  • Alaska = 2
  • Kansas = 2
  • Oklahoma = 2

Source: Federal Railroad Administration

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