On May 8th, “Why there aren’t more designated ‘Railroad Quiet Zones’ is beyond me” was posted. Below is the concluding thought of that entry.
“…if enough support – both financial and vocal – can be drummed up for implementation of “Railroad Quiet Zones” at so-identified crossings, especially if the matter is important enough to enough people – whether they are directly and adversely affected by the sound intensity of train horns or not, there is every reason to believe that many more railroad crossings could they themselves be places where trains would no longer toot their own horns (pun intended).”
Fresno District #2 Councilmember Andreas Borgeas sent a letter to constituents expressing that, “On September 16, 2010, the Fresno City Council approved a resolution coordinated by District #2 to establish a railroad ‘quite zone’ running from Palm and Dakota Avenues to the San Joaquin River.”
Borgeas in the letter also stated, “The City of Fresno has already had great success with the first quiet zone it established in April of 2010 running from Hammond to Ventura Avenues, and District #2 is proud to have been the sponsor of this project to bring the same level of success to your neighborhood.”
The letter, dated September 20, 2010, also pointed out that the next step in this process is Federal Railroad Administration approval of the application for this particular railroad quiet zone. If FRA approval is granted, it was expressed the project is anticipated to be completed by December 2011.
Like the first quiet zone, this next one is to be implemented on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway line as well, pending FRA approval, of course.
Heavy Maintenance Facility and Measure C
Is the high-speed rail heavy maintenance facility in Fresno County a done deal? Not quite. But definite further progress along those lines has been made.
In the Sept. 30, ‘10 Fresno Bee, brief mention is made of the Fresno County Council of Governments’ (COG) approval regarding the allocating of “$25 million in Measure C funds to help bring a high-speed rail facility to Fresno County.” Measure C is the county’s half-cent sales tax devoted to transportation.
The matter is to now be decided by the Fresno County Transportation Authority.
According to the Bee, “If approved, the state could use the money to buy land or finance development.” All this, of course, is contingent on Fresno County being selected by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) – among seven communities in all currently in contention – to house the Heavy Maintenance Facility. A final site selection is expected by December 2011.