The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) staff has informed SBCTA and the City of Redlands and the City of San Bernardino of the approval of the Arrow service quiet zones. The City of Redlands quiet zone implementation took place on Friday, November 25. City of Redlands residents might still hear nearby horns blowing in the City of San Bernardino. The City of San Bernardino quiet zone approval will be official upon completion of a mandated 21-day noticing period allowing other railroad stakeholders to comment on the removal of the routine sounding of horns at crossings along the corridor. The Notice to establish the quiet zone is mailed after receiving approval from the FRA and federal law* requires a 21-day minimum noticing period.
Completion of the 21-day noticing period for the City of San Bernardino is anticipated for early December. If you have any further questions, please contact us at info@goSBCTA.com and to sign up to receive our email updates click the green ‘go’ button.
*Code of Federal Language § 222.43 (d) Notice of Quiet Zone Establishment. (1) Timing. (i) The Notice of Quiet Zone Establishment shall provide the date upon which the quiet zone will be established, but in no event shall the date be earlier than 21 days after the date of mailing.
SBCTA Today: Why are you blowing the horns?
Learn why you are hearing the Arrow horns.
The Redlands Passenger Rail Project, also known as Arrow, has been more than a decade in the making, featuring new tracks, enhanced street crossings, quiet zones, and five stations along the 9-mile route between downtown San Bernardino and downtown Redlands. Bringing state-of-the-art clean-air rail technology to one of the world’s busiest transportation corridors, Arrow will transform how passenger rail is operated in the Inland Empire and across the state.
Arrow will connect the East Valley of San Bernardino County to a multi-modal transit hub that can provide access to all points west. Five new stations will connect residents, businesses, and visitors to a variety of leisure, education, healthcare, and other destinations. The stations include San Bernardino – Downtown Station located at Rialto Avenue and E Street, San Bernardino – Tippecanoe Station located between Victoria Avenue and Hardt Street, Redlands – Esri Station across from the Esri campus, Redlands – Downtown Station just north of the historic Redlands Santa Fe Depot, and Redlands – University Station at the south end of campus.
The new service started on Monday, October 24! Metrolink is the operator of Arrow. Arrow schedule and fare information can be found at metrolinktrains.com/arrow. For more information riders can text or call Metrolink at (800) 371-5465 or submit an email through its Customer Service webpage.
SBCTA, in collaboration with Metrolink, began train testing in mid-February throughout the 9-mile Arrow corridor and continued testing until service began on October 24.
Metrolink and Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) trains were used to test the tracks, signals at the crossings, and communication systems. In compliance with the FRA regulations, horns (two long, one short, one long) and bells sounded at street crossings throughout the corridor during training, testing, and simulated service. Per the FRA, the horns must sound at a certain decibel.
The FRA has approved the quiet zone implementation in the City of Redlands although the City of San Bernardino quiet zones will be implemented one early December. After the FRA approves the City of San Bernardino quiet zones, the routine sounding of the train horn will no longer be required throughout the entire Arrow corridor and the use of the horn will be at the discretion of the engineer and limited to safety situations that require an alert.
For your safety, if you SEE TRACKS, THINK TRAIN! SBCTA is working closely with Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) to ensure the local community is provided with rail safety education before and during train testing and rail operations of the Arrow corridor. Click here to learn more about how to stay safe around tracks and trains.