The Downtown Billings Partnership tax increment district (in coordination with MRL, BNSF, the Montana Department of Transportation, and the City of Billings) funded the necessary improvements for the quiet zone. A quiet zone is a segment of a rail line within one or a number of consecutive public highway-rail (roadway) grade crossings at which locomotive horns are not routinely sounded. In order to get automatic approval for the Quiet Zone from the Federal Railroad Administration, four-quadrant gates were required to be constructed. These gates improved the safety rating of the Quiet Zone to generate the automatic approval. More information on Quiet Zones can be found on the FRA's website (http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0104).
Four-quadrant gates at North 29th Street Questions regarding this project can be directed to the following:
Erin Claunch, PE, PTOE
City of Billings - Public Works