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by admin on January 20, 2011

Frisco TX establishes Railroad Quiet Zones

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Published January 20th 2011 6:00 pm

For the past 3 years, the City of Frisco has been working diligently with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to make improvements at railroad intersections to meet Federal Railroad Administration’s No Train Horn Rule design requirements. The certification was granted for Frisco Texas Quiet Zones starting Wednesday January 5th at these intersections:

  • Northbound North Texas Tollway
  • Southbound North Texas Tollway
  • Frisco Square Boulevard
  • Main Street
  • All Stars Boulevard

The Quiet Zone establishment is certainly great news for residents living closer to the railroad tracks (Estates of Cobb Hill, Frisco Square residences and homes all along historic Downtown Frisco). It is a Federal Law to sound the horn for 15 to 20 seconds prior to approaching an intersection. In order to establish the Quiet Zone, the City of Frisco had installed extra safety measures such as median barriers, flashing lights and gates. The gates will still be in operation, however the passing trains will no longer sound their horn.

Frisco where it startedThe City of Frisco has a rich railroad history. Frisco is located on Shawnee Trail between the Red River (Oklahoma/ Texas border) and Austin. Frisco was conveniently located in its path. Shawnee Trail later became Preston Trail and today is known as Preston Road. Early settlers used this trail when heading north from Austin. A small town back in 1838 known as Lebanon (now a part of Frisco TX) was a thriving cattle town that the railroads passed through. Early original railroad construction began in 1849 in St. Louis, Missouri and 53 years later, completed what we know today as the St. Louis San Francisco Railroad. The men at the Depot Station along this track soon referred the place as, “Frisco”. Hence, that was how Frisco got its name.

In 1908, Frisco became a city and in 1910, about 332 residents called Frisco home. In1920, the population almost doubled to 733 and remained at that level until 1950s. In 1960, the population grew to 1,182, in 1970 to 3,499 and in
1990, 6,141 residents. Today, in 2010 almost 110,000 people call Frisco home. Residents in Frisco TX will most definitely appreciate the Quiet Zone that was established during the first week of January 2011.

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