In January of 2010, Oak Lawn successfully completed a several year effort to establish a Train Horn Quiet Zone from Duffy Avenue in Hometown all the way to Central Avenue in Oak Lawn – 7 rail crossings! This includes the crossing next to the Hilton Hotel and all the crossing in Oak Lawn’s Downtown area. To achieve the Quiet Zone the Village made a number of safety improvements to crossings, including installation of “delineators” to prevent vehicles from going around crossing gates.
It is estimated that the Quiet Zone reduces the number of train horn “blows” each year by over 100,000, which residents and businesses have found much quieter and enjoyable. To read about the Quiet Zone Announcement click on Congressman Dan Lipinski’s link click here:
Train engineers still reserve the right to blow their horn under certain circumstances that are defined in the FRA train horn regulations. If you observe a “rogue” train engineer who you believe has blown his horn unnecessarily please try to catch the train number, the carrier name, and the time and date of the horn blow and provide that information to the Village of Oak Lawn.