The city is holding a meeting on proposed safety upgrades to the Patton Street railroad crossing that need to be completely before a citywide train horn quiet zone can move forward.
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What: Meeting on Patton Street railroad crossing
Who: City of San Marcos Engineer and Capital Improvement departments
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10
Where: Georgia Street Senior Center, 810 Arizona Street
The Capital Improvements department is in the midst of a $514,000 project to make changes to 26 at-grade crossings required by Union Pacific Railroad before it will observe a citywide “quiet zone.” In a quiet zone, street traffic is warned about approaching trains by speakers at the crossing instead of ear-splitting horns blasted from locomotives passing through town.
At the Victory Gardens crossing, UP had suggested that the city close a segment of Eisenhower Street to prevent it form intersecting Patton so close the crossing. Instead, the city council opted for a more expensive “quad-gate” system that will use arms to block the entire street width when the crossing warning is activated by an oncoming train.
City staff and consultants from Austin-based Kimley-Horn and Associates are hosting a public meeting on the Patton Street crossing next week to brief Victory Gardens residents on the project.
When it is completed, the quiet zone project will remove the ubiquitous train whistle from the soundtrack of daily life in San Marcos. An average of 24 trains pass through the city on any given day, City Engineer Linda Huff has said. Those daily trips tend to increase in tandem with the economy as freight traffic picks up.
For information, contact the San Marcos Engineer and Capital Improvements department at 512-393-8130 or by email here.