Shhh! Rail Quiet Zone goes into effect today in Milwaukie

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Starting today, a Quiet Zone goes into effect at five rail crossings in the city of Milwaukie. A Quiet Zone is where freight and light rail operators are not required to sound their horns as they approach a crossing, unless there is a safety issue. The Quiet Zone was put in place as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project – the future MAX Orange Line – that opens on Sept. 12, 2015.

The five Milwaukie Quiet Zone crossings are located at:
• Mailwell Drive in the Milwaukie North Industrial Area
• Harrison, Monroe and Washington streets, and 21st Avenue at Adams Street in Downtown Milwaukie

“This is an example of how projects like this help transform not just transit service, but are a catalyst for a whole range of improvements to the transportation system that benefit the entire community,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. “These changes keep crossings safe while making the neighborhoods more livable and enjoyable.”

The safety improvements include upgraded railroad crossings with new traffic signals, realigned intersections, concrete medians, additional crossing gates, pedestrian scale warning equipment and channelization. Railroad warning equipment at the intersections will continue to flash and ding while trains pass through a crossing. For quiet zone maps and information: http://trimet.org/pm/safety/index.htm#quiet

SE Portland Quiet Zone
A second Quiet Zone is in effect at three rail crossings in SE Portland: SE 8th, 11th and 12th avenues near Division Street. The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, in partnership with the City of Portland and Union Pacific Railroad made safety improvements to these crossings that allowed it to become a Quiet Zone for both freight and light rail trains.

Be safe to stay safe!
Always expect a train–even if you don’t hear a horn.
• Obey all signals at these crossings
• Remain behind safety gate arms
• Do not attempt to cross as the safety gate arms lower or while bells or lights are activated

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project
The 7.3-mile project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project and will improve transit in this corridor that extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. About the project:

• 7.3 miles
• 10 stations
• The first of its kind multi-modal bridge in the U.S. will carry light rail and streetcar trains, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians, but no private vehicles.
• Opens Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
• Expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations

Project partners
The Federal Transit Administration, State of Oregon, Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission and TriMet.