Construction of Downtown Quiet Zone begins Monday in Bryan, with business owners ready for change


BRYAN, TEXAS – Construction on a project to make downtown Bryan a little nicer begins Monday. Once completed, trains will no longer sound the horn while driving through the city center.

The Town of Bryan worked with the Federal Railroad Administration on this project which is of interest to downtown Bryan business owners, as well as residents who visit the area often.

“They sometimes cause disruption. Sometimes they tend to go through the less opportune times, like in the middle of a concert or in the middle of the night, that sort of thing. They’ll also slow down traffic,” Le said. Bryan’s downtown business owner shared.

Converting downtown Bryan to an official “Quiet Zone” has been a project in recent years. While some business owners say trains and all their bells and whistles have sentimental value, others say the disruption caused by a blaring horn ….. it’s just time to go. .

Ever since this store opened in downtown Bryan almost 15 years ago, they’ve heard trains day in and day out … something they’ve finally gotten used to.

“For those of us who are here all the time, a lot of the time, we don’t really hear the trains, but when we have visitors, trains in the middle of a night can be disruptive,” Debra Jasek, a declared the co-owner of Brazos Glassworks.

While Jasek enjoys seeing a child light up when a train is nearby, the noise bothers others.

“They love to see the fire trucks because we have a fire station right here … and they also love to see the trains, so you’ll see them all excited when they see a train. still trains, but we’re still looking forward to the quiet zone, ”Jasek said.

The Quiet Zone will eliminate the need for trains to sound the horn in downtown Bryan. The people on the other side of the tracks are ready.

“It’s kind of a mixed bag. We’ll have guests who have a nostalgic feeling to hear the trains. It reminds them where they grew up, here or elsewhere. We have guests who feel that and we’ll have others. guests where it will be difficult for them to sleep at night, especially if the trains are active that night, ”said Janak Patel, owner of the LaSalle Hotel in downtown Bryan.

Built in 1928, the Hotel LaSalle welcomes visitors from all over. The owner is ready for the trains to stop ringing.

“We are absolutely ready for it. We are happy that this is happening. We think this is going to be a catalyst for downtown Bryan and a big boost for all businesses and also people who are moving to live downtown. -City of Bryan, ”Patel added.

Improvements to level crossings include the addition of medians, block strips, crossing arms and signaling. The improvements relate to specific level crossings and will allow train drivers to cross safely without honking their horns.

“We are looking forward to the calm zone and hopefully it will make business even better,” Jasek explained.

According to the Town of Bryan website, this project is divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Bryan subdivision
  • Phase 2: Navasota Subdivision
  • Phase 3: Crossing Groesbeck

“Once the upgrades to the three phases of the downtown tranquility zone are completed and approved by the FRA, trains will no longer ring at these crossings,” read the city’s website. by Bryan.

The Town of Bryan will begin the first phase of the Downtown Quiet Zone project on Monday.

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