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Train quiet zones take effect in Boynton Beach

Posted: 5:22 AM, Aug 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-23 11:44:30-04
Train quiet zones take effect in Boynton Beach
Train quiet zones take effect in Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach is now among the list of cities in Palm Beach County under a quiet zone. 

The quiet zone allows for trains to pass through the city without having to sound their horns.  Engineers may sound the horn during an emergency or during the presence of a vehicle or a person on the tracks, including railroad maintenance employees or contractors conducting work. 

To celebrate the milestone the city hosted a “Quiet Coffee Hour” at East Ocean Café, 412 East Ocean Avenue from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  East Ocean Café borders the railroad tracks at Ocean Avenue in downtown Boynton Beach.  

One resident said she is happy for a little more peace and quiet.

“I was like bracing for it and it just didn’t happen, it was like a lullaby, it was like white noise; I feel like I’m going to sleep well, very good," said Stephanie Fitz who lives near the tracks.

Millions of dollars went into updating the city’s railroad crossings which were funded by state and federal money. Freight trains and Brightline passenger trains are included in the quiet zone designation. 

People are reminded not to try and beat the train.