Quiet Zone Project
Construction Update (December 2023)
- Class IV bike lanes have been installed on Shellmound Street north of 65th Street as of November 2023.
- City paving operations are planned for the Shellmound Street, 65th Street, and 67th Street during the week of December 11th
- Future Night Work is planned for the track area at 67th/Shellmound as approved by the Emeryville City Council on November 7th. This work is to take place in early 2024.
- Union Pacific Railroad is continuing work on new gate arms for the vehicle and pedestrian crossing areas at 65th and 67th Street. This work is expected to be completed in early 2024.
The City expects to be complete with the overall QZ Project in early 2024. Establishment of the “Quiet Zone” is expected to occur in Spring/Summer 2024.
The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (“SB 1”), signed into law on April 28, 2017, established the Trade Corridor Enhancement Account to fund corridor-based freight projects nominated by local agencies and the state. Implementing legislation was enacted with the approval of SB 103 on July 21, 2017 which directs the California Transportation Commission (“CTC”) to allocate the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (“TCEP”) funds and the federal National Highway Freight Program funds to infrastructure improvements along corridors that have a high volume of freight movement.
On December 19th, 2017, Emeryville’s City Council unanimously gave their verbal support to apply for 2018 SB 1 – TCEP funding with a project application for the Quiet Zone in Emeryville. Prior to this, the Emeryville Quiet Zone Project was a long-standing unfunded project in the City’s Capital Improvement Program. The Project scored very well in a highly competitive grant application process, bolstered with extra points in the scoring rubric by the support of 296 individual community members who signed onto a letter of support for this Project, as well as multiple businesses and homeowners associations who also wrote in support of the Project, representing thousands of Emeryville residents and workers.
On May 16, 2018, the CTC approved the 2018 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program Final Adopted Program of Projects. Included in this list of projects was the City’s $6.48 Million project, titled “Quiet Zone Safety Engineering Measures Project”.
With funding secured and necessary approvals out of the way, the Project has continued project development through 2022 and is now ready to enter into the Construction Phase of the project in June 2022.
Project Benefits and Scope
The Quiet Zone project will address community identified needs by installing supplemental safety measures (SSM’s) and other physical barriers to restrict pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobiles from entering the train tracks at the wrong time. These safety measures will qualify the railroad corridor to be declared a “Quiet Zone”, thereby negating the need for trains to blow their horns.
Shellmound and 65th Street:
- Installation of new quad gates and pedestrian gates.
Shellmound and 66th Street:
- Full Closure of the crossing, and construction of a cul-de-sac on east side.
Shellmound and 67th Street:
The proposed safety engineering improvements are expected to significantly reduce the risk of rail-highway collisions at the project railroad crossings.
The preliminary studies show that we will experience a 90% reduction in risk after the installation of the proposed safety improvements.
$8.87M from a combination of:
- SB 1 “Gas Tax”
- Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP)
- Measure BB Funds
- CMA TIP Funds
- Local City Funds
Funds Approved and Design Consultant Hired
Design Commenced, UPRR negotiations commenced
Design Scope Finalized, UPRR approves scope of work
Design Finalizes, Project Advertised for Bids
Bids Received, Bay Cities Paving & Grading apparent low bidder, Authorization
Authorization to Construct, Begin Construction
Quiet Zone Establishment