There are two main rail corridors running through Palm Beach County, the Florida East Coast (FEC) railway corridor and the CSX railway corridor, a portion of which is owned by the Florida Dept. of Transportation for use by Tri-Rail commuter trains. Additionally, U.S. Sugar owns and operates the South Central Florida Express (SCFE) railway in western Palm Beach County.
The Palm Beach TPA has funded studies, provided technical trainings and funded supplemental safety measures and infrastructure at road crossings to qualify for quiet zone designations. These will occur from West Palm Beach to Tequesta in Palm Beach County to correspond with extension of Brightline to Orlando.
The TPA has made these investments to enhance the quality of life for heavily populated coastal communities with the addition of increased passenger and freight rail. Designated quiet zones eliminates/reduces requirements for train horns because the need is sufficiently offset by safety structures such as crossing gates and medians. In addition, the Palm Beach TPA has provided for enhanced pedestrian crossings at select railroad crossings.
To learn more about Quiet Zones, view the resources below.
- Guide to the Federal Railroad Administration Quiet Zone Rule
- Train Horn Rule and Quiet Zones
- North County and City of Palm Beach Gardens Quiet Zone Information
- Quiet Zone Brochure from the Federal Railroad Administration
Tri-Rail is South Florida’s regional commuter rail system that has been in operation since 1989. In 2003, SFRTA was created by Florida Statute to expand cooperation between Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County. Today, Tri-Rail spans 71 miles from the Mangonia Park Tri-Rail Station in Palm Beach County to the Miami Intermodal Center in Miami-Dade County.
Brightline is a private higher-speed intercity passenger rail service between Miami and West Palm Beach, along the Florida East Coast (FEC) railway. This is the newest transit system serving South Florida since its inception in early 2018. Stations in Orlando are currently under construction.