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 and the cities of Bryan and College Station have experienced tremendous growth over the last several decades. With this growth, quality of life issues such as traffic and noise have become more prominent community issues. Texas A&M now has many large buildings, including residence halls, in proximity to the railroad, with several new buildings under construction or in design.

The 21st Century Classroom building, one of the largest classroom buildings in the country, and soon to be the largest classroom building on campus, is adjacent to the Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center & Hotel and the Gene Stallings Blvd. Garage. These three buildings are across Wellborn Road from the railroad tracks. Similarly, a new undergraduate chemistry building is being designed and is planned for the corner of Olsen and Old Main, adjacent to the tracks.

Because these facilities and others near the railroad corridor are so integral to academia and quality of campus life, and train horn noise affects that quality of life, university officials have been exploring options to establish a quiet zone in order to address noise concerns along the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) corridor. Kimley-Horn has been contracted to complete the construction work.

Quiet Zone Notice of Intent


Wayside Horn Demonstration

Transportation Services hosted a demonstration in February 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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