Texas A&M University Quiet Zone

Demonstration of a wayside horn

The university is moving forward with plans to create a quiet zone around railroad crossings on campus.

Texas A&M University is working in conjunction with Union Pacific Railroad, the cities of Bryan and College Station and the Texas Department of Transportation to establish a railroad quiet zone along Wellborn Road.

The university has experienced tremendous growth to include large scale developments along the rail route that bisects campus. Texas A&M has many structures such as residence halls, classroom buildings, teach and research labs, and a hotel conference center adjacent to the tracks with several new developments currently under construction. Train horns reduce the quality of life for students, faculty, staff and guests who live, learn, teach, work and visit the campus.

The university is improving the safety of campus intersections along the railway to meet the standards required for the Federal Rail Authority to consider the approval of the discontinuance of train horn activation when trains travel through campus.

SSC Services for Education is managing the project. Kimley-Horn and Associates was selected to design the planned improvements and serve alongside Mobility Planning & Engineering as a consultant to the project. Brazos Paving is completing the road construction work.

Wayside Horn Demonstration

Transportation Services hosted a demonstration in February 2020 showcasing a lower decibel type of horn that may be used at railroad crossings near campus. Wayside horns are stationary horns that blow focused sound at the direction of oncoming traffic. These would blow in place of train horns, significantly reducing the amount of noise when trains pass through campus.

A wayside horn is demonstrated at the intersection of George Bush Dr. and Wellborn Rd.

Demonstration of a wayside horn

These horns are proposed to be installed at the railroad crossing at George Bush Dr.

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