TranSystems
 

Olathe BNSF West Track Quiet Zone

BNSF

Project Summary

City of Olathe, Kansas

The 120,000 residents of Olathe, KS had to deal with traffic delays and train whistles at 11 at-grade rail crossings in its busy downtown. The City planned to establish a Quiet Zone to eliminate the noise pollution.  A preliminary plan involved safety measures such as installation of raised medians and four quad-gate systems. However, TranSystems rail engineers suggested an alternative: elevating the tracks for 1.4 miles. A ceremonial last whistle was blown during the project dedication as the first train passed over the new rail bridges.

Project Highlights

  • Eliminate noise pollution in downtown Olathe, Kansas
  • Elevated tracks for 1.4 miles
 

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