Hearing ‘nonstop’ train whistles in Redlands, when will they stop? – San Bernardino Sun



Q: Todd Simchuk of Redlands said he’s all for the trains in Redlands and he uses Metrolink and other commuting methods at times. But he’s not thrilled with what he said is the “nearly nonstop train whistle” he is hearing in Redlands, particularly near the University of Redlands. “Is this the reality now? Or will the train calm down some once it’s run a while?” he asked.

A: The good news is that while the noise from the train horns and bells in Redlands may be inconvenient and annoying, it’s temporary. And Redlands will have a new commuter train.

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority is overseeing construction of the Redlands Passenger Rail as well as the train testing. “For the safety of the community and to get Redlands residents familiar with the Redlands Passenger Rail, horns (two long, one short, one long) and bells will sound at street crossings throughout Redlands during train testing only,” Redlands spokesman Carl Baker said.

Once regular train operations begin, the routine sounding of the horn will be eliminated entirely except in emergency situations at the discretion of the engineer as the Redlands Passenger Rail corridor falls under a Quiet Zone, Baker said. The Arrow passenger service is expected to begin Oct. 24 and the Quiet Zone implementation will occur at the same time or shortly thereafter, he said.

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority spokeswoman Marisa Greenway said the horns and bells are sounding at street crossings throughout the corridor during training, testing and simulated service in compliance with Federal Railroad Administration regulations. The horns must sound at a certain decibel.

The nine-mile rail project will run between the San Bernardino Transit Center on Rialto Avenue and E Street in downtown San Bernardino and end at the University of Redlands. The Arrow will integrate with other transportation modes including cars, buses and bicycles. For more details about the Arrow visit: https://www.gosbcta.com/project/redlands-passenger-rail-project-arrow/.

Q: Eric Pekarek asked what the difference is on a disabled license plate if the letters “DP” are placed before the numbers on the plate or after the numbers.

A: There is no difference between a disabled person license plate with “DP” letters placed before or after the numbers, other than the location of the two-letter code “DP” in the plate configuration, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV had to change the disabled person license plates configuration with “DP” in fiscal year 2018/2019 because the available configurations with “DP” in the front had run out. “DP” is required by law to be part of a disabled person license plate configuration. Using “DP” within the configuration along with the wheelchair symbol distinguishes these plates from other license plate types.



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