There are two active railroad lines through Arvada. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line is located south of Ralston Road and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) runs diagonally through the northern part of the city. The City of Arvada does not regulate the frequency of trains or the volume of train horns in our city. Matters concerning trains are regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration at www.fra.dot.gov The City currently has four "Quiet Zones" at the Pierce St., Kipling St., W 72nd Ave. and Simms St. crossings on the UPRR tracks. Quiet Zones are designed so that train operators are not required to use the train horn when approaching the crossing. However, they are not required to be silent at these crossings; quiet zones at crossings are allowed because of the improvements made to the crossings, but there is no way to fully eliminate the horns. The City is currently working on four additional Quiet Zones at Lamar St., Olde Wadsworth, Carr St. and W. 66th Ave. on the UPRR line. The current estimate to have these Quiet Zones in place is 2015, but coordination delays have already pushed the projects behind schedule and more may occur. All of the crossings on the BNSF line will become Quiet Zones with the operation of the Gold Line commuter rail opening in 2016. If you have comments, questions, or concerns about general train operations or railroad/street intersections you may submit a service request by clicking on the link below or by calling 720-898-7740.
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