The U.S. Congress allows the creation of Quiet Zones that eliminate the need for the train engineer to sound the train horn at railroad crossings.
Quiet Zones can be created if the local government will fund improvements to make the crossings safer than they were with the sounding of the train horn.
Once established, the Quiet Zones are permanent unless alterations are made to these safety improvement measures.
On Dec. 12, 2017, the commissioners authorized payment of an administrative fee to Norfolk Southern Railway - no more than $5,400 - for review of the proposed Quiet Zone.
Then on April 4, Cobb Department of Transportation staff met with personnel of Norfolk Southern Railway, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation at the site to determine what would be needed to establish the Quiet Zone, that is, the four quadrant gates.