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Rumor and a petition on the repeal SMART FB site that the quiet zones were on the chopping block due to budget. I remember during the NWP construction, NCRA specifically saying the circuity needed to do quiet zones were in the signal boxes. Wasn't there also additional bases installed not long ago to more crossing arms and lights? Is there any quiet zones now?

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Comment by Sean Mitchell on July 27, 2012 at 11:15am

Reminds me of the houses next to the ROW in Loleta a month ago. Little kids loved hearing the speeder and waved out their living room window, but some people looked very upset that we were blowing the horns and ringing bells. 15 years later and people hate the noise! haha

Comment by Chad Gustafson on July 27, 2012 at 8:38am

Woohoo! Go Zach!

Comment by Zachary M. Toler on July 27, 2012 at 4:32am

And sorry Lawrence for rehashing what's already been discussed over and over again on here, I just get fired up on certain topics.


Zachary M. Toler

Comment by Zachary M. Toler on July 27, 2012 at 4:20am

JB-Wish there was a "like" button for comments like that! Add no bells or horns on bikes, no motorized scooters/Vespas/quads, no chainsaws, no doors on any building (since they can be slammed), no TVs, no flushing of toilets, no egg timers, microwaves or anything in the kitchen that beeps or dings, no smoke alarms, no swimming, running, sports of any sort or weight lifting (they clang when dropped!) no Vuvuzelas, guitars, saxophones, pianos, drums or other musical instruments, no fireworks (down to those ones you throw on the ground that just pop), no airplanes flying overhead, no dogs (unless they’ve had debarking surgery), no reading out loud, no protesting, zero tolerance for dissenting opinions, etc. Shoot, why stop the tyranny at just trains? Might as well make the quit it zones complete!

These things are about the craziest damn thing I’ve ever heard of! NOvato built those houses next to the tracks, then the trains returned-they took a risk, and they lost-that’s called “life”! NOvato’s city council needs to get one!!! IMHO


Zachary M. Toler

Comment by Mike Cook on July 27, 2012 at 2:16am


Comment by jbriogrande on July 25, 2012 at 9:36pm

  The quiet zones should be strictly adhered to:  No signal noise, no whistles or horns, no clickety clack, no automobile noise, no alarm clocks, no church bells, no yelling or swearing, no trucks or busses, no pots and pans clanging around in kitchens, no noisy kids outside, no motorcycles, no loud stereos or radios, no machinery, no leaf blowers, no are now entering the TWILIGHT ZONE........ Windsor and Novato.....Eat my shorts !!!!

Comment by Chad Gustafson on July 25, 2012 at 12:19pm


While driving through Novato I did notice standing crossings that did not go down, or turn on, when the train came through, across from the ones that did. I also noticed these crossings didn't have bells on top of the crossbucks either, which I thought was getting in preparation for quite zones.

As far as SMART goes, I don't remember if zones part of their deal and maybe not possibly just the NWP/NCRA.

I also know that a bunch of homeowners in Windsor are forming a group for quietzones here too. (The development was built after the railroad was shut down).

Comment by Lawrence LaBranche on July 25, 2012 at 10:08am

While I tend to agree with the quiet zone thoughts, it was part of the EIR, and was been hashed out on other threads. I was more looking for status, or info on the possibility of the rumor.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on July 25, 2012 at 8:40am
Jeff Tomas,
I couldn't agree more. Same thing with the airport. If you buy a home at the edge of a runway, you should expect to hear airplanes.
Comment by Jeff Thomas on July 25, 2012 at 8:33am

The welded rail is part of a quiet zone, so they won't be operational until after it is installed. The arms and lights are installed. but not connected yet.

On a side note, I think quiet zones are overrated and dangerous. If you buy a home next to train tracks, you should expect train noise. I'm not trying to start an argument, this is just an opinion.

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