Railroad ‘quiet zone’ approved in central Galt

Public works officials with the city of Galt announced Thursday that a long-sought railroad quiet zone through the central part of the city has been approved.

Trains will no longer routinely sound their horns when approaching the five roadway crossings between Elm Avenue on the north and Kost Road on the south, according to a city news release. City officials say drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians should use extra caution when approaching these railroad crossings, and should never attempt to go around the crossing gates when they are activated.

Although the quiet zone became official earlier this week, train operators are still being trained on the new directive, city officials said. Locomotive engineers will still have the discretion to sound their horns if they perceive a potential safety concern.

City officials said it has taken more than three years to cut through the red tape associated with implementing the quiet zone, which included coordination with the Union Pacific Railroad, Federal Railroad Administration, California Public Utilities Commission and Amtrak.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy