Metrolink designates new 'quiet zone' in Glendale

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A mile-long stretch of rail in Glendale will no longer be accompanied by a blaring train horn.

A "quiet zone" has been created along three intersections at the Sonora Avenue, Grandview Avenue and Flower Street crossings. Trains will only need to blast their horns in the event of an emergency — such as a person or car on the tracks.

There are only three "quiet zones" in all of Los Angeles County, Metrolink's Scott Johnson told KPCC. Two others have been designated in Pomona and City of Industry, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, which grants the status.

"There is a series of safety enhancements that make the crossing itself at a certain level where the sound of the horn itself is deemed no longer necessary," Johnson said.

Those enhancements include widening the streets and adding sidewalks, handrails and pedestrian gates.

Twelve years ago a Metrolink crash in Glendale killed 11 people and injured more than a hundred others.

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