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The Riverside Quiet Zone Projects are part of the City’s efforts to mitigate the adverse noise impacts from the high volume of train traffic within the City. These Quiet Zones will help to reduce train horn noise by eliminating the need for locomotives to routinely sound their horns. Please note that train engineers will still be required to sound a horn if they see a hazard on or near the tracks (such as people, animals, vehicles, etc.).

To report a horn violation, please contact the City's 311 Call Center by calling (951) 826-5311 or to complete an online complaint form .

General Information

The first City of Riverside Quiet Zone went into effect on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. The $13 million project was planned in 2007, with work officially starting in 2011. It extends over 7 miles along the BNSF railway line between Mary Street and Buchanan Street (running parallel to the SR-91 Freeway). With 12 at-grade crossings, this stretch of tracks averages more than 100 trains per day (including those operated by BNSF, Metrolink and Amtrak).



The second Riverside Quiet Zone went into effect on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Running along the Perris Valley Line, this Quiet Zone is comprised of four crossings between Mt. Vernon Avenue and Marlborough Avenue and averages 15 trains per day.



A third Quiet Zone is planned for the four crossings from Palm Avenue to Cridge Street. The crossings at Palm, Brockton, and Panorama are operated by the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), while Cridge is operated by BNSF. These crossings average approximately 30 trains per day (run by BNSF, MetroLink, and Union Pacific). Now in the early planning stages, the City expects to file a Notice of Intent in the coming months. Please check this website periodically for updates on this Quiet Zone.

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