Quiet Zones Improve Quality of Life

Does your community deal with shrill train horns? Complaints from local residents & business owners? Have you noticed an increase in the frequency of trains? Many studies have identified the harmful effects of noise pollution. A Quiet Zone is defined as an uninterrupted section of railroad where trains do not routinely sound their horns at grade crossings. McDowell Engineering can connect you to the Quiet Zone resources you need.


We will manage the analysis, design and application process to meet mandated regulations; Federal Railroad Administration, Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and local agencies. 

Public Outreach

We will actively manage the public outreach process. Typical activities include making presentations to local agency board members, project stakeholders, special interest groups; drafting press releases; and creating project specific informational websites.

Site Improvements

Typically, a railroad crossing upgrade will require infrastructure improvements. McDowell offers a full range of transportation engineering services. We can support you from the initial planning through to final construction.

Specialized Expertise

McDowell has successfully assisted other communities in implementing railroad improvements along the Front Range, in the mountains, and on the Western Slope of Colorado.

Free Consultation

We invite you to contact us for a free consultation. We will answer any questions you may have and find out more about your community’s unique needs.