M&C Review


COUNCIL ACTION:  Approved on 2/12/2019 

DATE: 2/12/2019 REFERENCE NO.: **G-19483 LOG NAME: 20BNSF QUIET ZONE ESTABLISHMENT
CODE: G TYPE: CONSENT PUBLIC HEARING: NO
SUBJECT:   Authorize Establishment of a Quiet Zone at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) Railroad Crossing at Cunningham Street (COUNCIL DISTRICT 8)

RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the City Council:

1. Authorize the execution of a Notice of Quiet Zone Establishment for one location – BNSF Railway Railroad Crossings at Cunningham Street after the necessary construction has been completed; and

2. Authorize execution of an agreement as may be required with BNSF Railway which may include cost reimbursements upto a maximum amount of $100,000.00  for improvements of BNSF Railway infrastructure to support the quiet zone.

 
DISCUSSION:

The Transportation and Public Works Department proposes to create a quiet zone which will allow trains to proceed through the street crossing without sounding their horns thereby reducing noise levels in the surrounding residential areas while maintaining their safety. This quiet zone will be implemented pursuant to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Train Horn rule at the crossing listed below:

BNSF Railway at Cunningham Street (Council District 8)

The residents adjacent to this crossing have contacted the Transportation and Public Works Department to request the implementation of the quiet zone.

Construction activities are in progress and are expected to be completed by June 2019, at which point the City will execute and submit the required Notice of Establishment to the FRA and railroad. Upon approval from FRA, the quiet zones could be functional as early as February 2020. Notice of Intent to establish this quiet zone was issued on September 14, 2018. There was no objection from the railroad.

The anticipated projects costs are shown in the table below:  

Location

Anticipated Costs

Totals

Engineering

RR Agreements

Construction

City Staff

Cunningham

$33,000.00

$100,000.00

$310,000.00

$20,000.00

$463,000.00

The project is in COUNCIL DISTRICT 8.

This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.



 
FISCAL INFORMATION/CERTIFICATION:

The Director of Finance certifies that funding for improvements at this location is provided by the 2018 Bond Program. This action will have no material effect on City funds.  

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Submitted for City Manager's Office by:
Susan Alanis (8180)
Originating Department Head:
Steve Cooke (5134)
Additional Information Contact:
Lissette Acevedo (2722)

 
 
ATTACHMENTS
  Map-BNSF-QZ Cunningham.pdf