Two cities are asking the federal government to help them get quiet zones for when SunRail trains begin running next year.
A quiet zone is an extra set of crossing arms, four instead of two, that prevents cars from being able to get around the crossing gates when they are down. Winter Park Engineer Don Marcotte says this would keep the noise down as the 38 trains per day move through that city.
"Within the city, the trains would not be allowed to blow their horns, but they still reserve the right for safety purposes that the train operator himself can still blow."
In order for Winter Park to get quiet zones for the entire city, Marcotte says it would cost $1.5 million -- money that is not in the city's current budget.
"It's expensive. We did one crossing, it was almost $300,000. The city could keep doing that on its own, but right now we're counting on state and federal funding."
Maitland is another city that will lobby the federal government for SunRail money. They estimate it will cost $1.3 million to create quiet zones in their city. They're also asking for the money to build a parking garage at the site of their future train station.