Board Policy No. 18 – Railroad Crossing Quiet Zones and Wayside Horn Systems
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<br />To ensure maximum safety, uniformity and reliability of all Quiet Zone and Wayside Horn related
<br />facilities NCTD shall develop standard procedures pursuant to the requirements of CFR 49 Part
<br />Lead Agency
<br />The City seeking to establish a Quiet Zone or Wayside Horn System within its jurisdiction shall
<br />act as the lead agency and shall comply with the requirements set forth in 49 CFR Part 222. As
<br />the lead agency, the City is responsible for securing the funding, permitting, and approvals
<br />necessary to create a Quiet Zone or implement a Wayside Horn System and for producing studies
<br />and documentation as may be required by the regulations or administrative policies and
<br />procedures of the FRA, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and NCTD.
<br />Cost-Neutral to NCTD
<br />The evaluation, application, planning, development, and review processes necessary to
<br />implement a Quiet Zone or Wayside Horn System shall be cost neutral to NCTD. All costs
<br />incurred by NCTD in association with any Quiet Zone project, including but not limited to staff
<br />time, consultant fees, attorneys’ fees, environmental studies, permits, inspection fees, flag-
<br />protection fees and engineering fees, will be reimbursed by the City under a construction and
<br />maintenance agreement ("Construction and Maintenance Agreement").
<br />NCTD Assistance
<br />NCTD shall offer its assistance to the City in the analysis, planning, and review required to
<br />evaluate the viability, design, and construction of improvements necessary to implement a Quiet
<br />Zone or Wayside Horn System.
<br />Quiet Zone and Wayside Horn System Design
<br />The design of all railroad improvements necessary for the implementation of a Quiet Zone or
<br />Wayside Horn System shall be supported by NCTD with approval of applicable regulatory entities,
<br />following comprehensive diagnostic reviews and processes. Said improvements may include, but
<br />are not limited to, warning devices, gates, power-out indicators, wayside horns, Quiet Zone
<br />confirmation signals, exit management systems, grade crossing panels, signal system
<br />modifications, additions and alterations of signal housing and cases, pedestrian control devices,
<br />third-party utility connections, relocations, modifications, upgrades, and in-pavement loop
<br />detectors, if applicable.
<br />The design and costs associated with all non-railroad items including but not limited to paving,
<br />striping, pavement signage, curbs, medians, roadway signage, in-pavement loop detectors, and
<br />other traffic and pedestrian control devices shall be the responsibility of the City and shall be
<br />coordinated with the design of railroad improvements, as provided in the Construction and
<br />Maintenance Agreement.
<br />Construction and Maintenance Agreement
<br />NCTD and each City will enter into a Construction and Maintenance Agreement, which will contain
<br />all the pertinent provisions concerning the construction and maintenance of the crossing