February 13, 2019 – The City of Ann Arbor is releasing the results of its Quiet Zone Assessment, a study to consider options to improve safety and minimize the impacts of train horn noise at multiple at-grade highway-rail crossings throughout the community.
The assessment began with a community engagement process in 2018, followed by a thorough review of Ann Arbor’s infrastructure. The study determined that multiple crossing improvement scenarios are available, which would allow for the implementation of one or more quiet zones in Ann Arbor. Costs for the various options range from $2.5 to 7.8 million.
“This has been a topic of great interest to the community for many years,” noted Eli Cooper, City of Ann Arbor transportation planning manager and project manager. “It was important to finally make a full assessment of our options to improve livability and safety but that also look at costs. We hope the community will find this information helpful as our next steps are considered.”
The full report can be found online. In addition, city staff is seeking feedback from residents on the options presented in the report. A two-question survey is available until Thursday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. on the city website through A2 Open City Hall.