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City of Encinitas' first 'Quiet Zone' now in effect in Cardiff

Posted at 11:21 AM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 16:17:41-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Rail engineers are no longer required to sound their train horns along the railway corridor just north of the San Elijo Lagoon in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

The City of Encinitas established its first ever “Quiet Zone” this week as part of the North Coast Corridor transportation project.
The zone is along a half-mile stretch of the railway corridor on Chesterfield Drive and San Elijo Avenue.

“We know how important it is for us to create safe and quiet neighborhoods in Encinitas, especially in this popular area, so that residents can enjoy a more peaceful quality of life,” said Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear.

The Quiet Zone was developed and funded by the City of Encinitas with the help of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), North County Transit District (NCTD), California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), the Federal Railroad Administration, and the California Public Utilities Commission.

Although train engineers no longer have to sound their horns, they may do so if they feel the need to for safety purposes.

Recently, the Chesterfield Grade Crossing received a multi-million dollar upgrade which includes several new safety features.
The rebuilt intersection now has ADA-accessible sidewalks and ramps, new traffic signals, rail crossing safety features, and new bike and pedestrians paths.