City Council approves a Professional Services Agreement to develop construction drawings for railroad crossing and related safety improvements for a “Quiet Zone” along Oceanside’s coastal rail corridor. It is anticipated that the construction drawings will take approximately one year to complete.
Staff commences the process of a third diagnostic meeting in order to: identify quiet zone alternatives with their respective costs, establish a road map to implement a quiet zone (partial and/or full), and commence with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) submittals. It is anticipated that the completion of this effort will take approximately six months.
An adequate funding source to construct quiet zone improvements has not been secured. Therefore, the quiet zone project is on hold until sufficient funding is obtained.
NCTD staff has provided design review comments which have been incorporated into the overall redesign effort. Current economic conditions and a lack of interest by benefitting property owners to form an assessment district, preclude the City’s ability to construct improvements for all five crossings (Surfrider Way, Mission Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue, Oceanside Boulevard, and Cassidy Street) along the NCTD main line rail. However, the City of Oceanside and City of San Clemente executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement in effort to cooperatively establish a quiet zone. A primary objective of the MOU is to obtain funding which would implement a partial quiet zone over Oceanside’s northerly rail crossings (Surfrider Way and Mission Avenue). Progress toward implementation of a partial or complete quiet zone will be deferred until adequate funding is secured.
Progress concerning the quiet zone redesign has been halted due to an extended delay during the design review stage. City staff continues to wait for comments from railroad representatives. Once the required comments are provided, redesign activities may resume. The final phase of the redesign is a staff presentation to City Council. Timing of the public presentation is contingent upon completion of the redesign; which in turn is dependent upon the outstanding design review comments. No response has been provided; therefore, a time frame is not established. Staff intends to remain persistent in effort to resume progress.
City staff has moved forward on the quiet zone redesign. However, progress has been halted due to a delay during the design review stage. City staff is waiting for comments by railroad representatives. Once the required comments are provided, redesign activities may resume. The final phase of the redesign is a staff presentation to City Council. Timing of the public presentation is dependent upon completion of the redesign; which in turn is reliant upon the outstanding design review comments.
City staff is conducting a second quiet zone diagnostic meeting. Since the November 2006 diagnostic meeting, notable changes have occurred. It is anticipated that the second meeting will address design modifications which will reduce the overall cost of implementation. A revised preliminary quiet zone design should be completed in June 2008; staff will provide an update to City Council after the completion this effort.
City staff intends to conduct a second quiet zone diagnostic meeting. Since the November 2006 diagnostic meeting, significant revisions to quiet zone requirements have occurred. It is anticipated that the second diagnostic meeting will address design modifications that may reduce the overall cost of implementation. A revised preliminary quiet zone design is anticipated to be completed during the second quarter 2008; staff can provide an update to Council at that time.
Status – Based upon response from the assessment district survey, staff is searching for alternative funding sources, examining configuration options, and evaluating the possibility of implementing a phased approach. It is anticipated that a status report may be provided to Council during the first quarter of 2008.
Quiet Zone Survey Map (2.4 MB)
The quiet zone presentation to City Council has been re-scheduled to occur on May 2, 2007. The following links provide access to quiet zone conceptual design documents prepared by the City's consultant (RailPros, Inc.).
The quiet zone NOI was sent out February 8, 2007; presentation to the City Council is currently scheduled for April 2007.
In October 2006, City Staff contacted North County Transit District (NCTD) and indicated that the City desired to move forward with the development of a quiet zone along the NCTD main line within City limits. The crossings included within the proposed quiet zone are Surfrider Way, Mission Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue, Oceanside Boulevard, and Cassidy Street. On November 1, 2007, a diagnostic meeting was held between the City, NCTD, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, Metrolink, Amtrak, and the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC); at the meeting, improvements required to implement a quiet zone were determined for the subject crossings.
The City has developed a draft Notice of Intent (NOI) to Establish a New Quiet Zone document; this official document is required by Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations in order to establish a new quiet zone. The NOI informs all railroad operators and governing authorities of the City's desire to establish a new quiet zone, as well as institutes an official 60-day comment period. The draft NOI is currently being reviewed by the City Attorney's Office and is anticipated to be finalized and transmitted in early February 2007.
A total project cost estimate to implement the subject quiet zone, including conceptual exhibits for each crossing, is currently being developed. It is anticipated that both will be presented to City Council for consideration by March 2007. Completion of a final design and ultimate construction of the quiet zone is contingent upon executing agreements with NCTD, obtaining funding, and City Council action.