Nursery Avenue Safety Improvement Project

Niles Quiet Zone at Nursery Avenue

Nursery Avenue quiet zone is a high priority project for Public Works.  The City recognizes the importance of the project to the quality of life in the Niles community, and we are committed to facilitating its timely delivery. 

Plans are being prepared for the construction of the enhanced safety project with a goal to establish a quiet zone when the project is complete. 

The “critical path” for getting the Nursery Avenue quiet zone approved requires a major safety upgrade to the Union Pacific Rail Road (UPRR) train detection system, the crossing gates, and the interconnected communications with the adjoining traffic signals at Niles/Nursery and Mission/Nursery (a Caltrans signal).  This is to ensure that traffic on Nursery is not backed up at the signals and across the tracks when a train is approaching, particularly if the train is operating in a quiet zone.  The need for this safety improvement was identified in a 2012 report based on guidance from the Federal Railroad Administration. 

Past City efforts to try and pursue a quiet zone now, with a commitment to building the advanced train detection system later, were rejected by UPRR.  In Fall 2015, the City Council added funding to the project to address the comprehensive set of requirements from UPRR, California Public Utilities Commission, and Caltrans. The project scope includes pavement rehabilitation, median islands, sidewalks on both sides of Nursery Avenue, upgrades to traffic signal communications at the railroad crossing (UPRR operated), the signal at Niles/Nursery (City operated), and the signal at Mission/Nursery (Caltrans operated). These improvements are necessary so that the City can pursue a project that was supported by UPRR.

Given the scope of work and more significantly, all the approvals and agreements needed from UPRR, CPUC, and Caltrans for funding, design, construction, operations and maintenance, we are estimating a project completion in October 2018.  

Key Milestone dates for the project are as follows: 

 Action Item  Date/Duration  Initiated By
Application to CPUC for Railroad Crossing Modification June 2017 City of Fremont
Submit revised Notice of Intent June 2017 City of Fremont
Approval of Preemption Timing
June 2017 Caltrans
Completion of Construction Plans for Safety Project
including Approval of Plans by UPRR and Caltrans
June 2017 City of Fremont
CPUC Permit Approval  August 2017 CPUC
Nursery and Mission Signal Design by UPRR June-December 2017 UPRR
Crossing Agreement between City and UPRR
April 2017-January 2018  UPRR
Construction & Maintenance Agreement between City and UPRR May 2017-January 2018 UPRR
UPRR Construction and Maintenance Agreement with Caltrans May 2017-January 2018 Caltrans
Caltrans Encroachment Permit June-December 2017 Caltrans
Bid and Award of City Construction Contract January-March 2018 City of Fremont
City Project Construction Period April-July 2018 City of Fremont
UPRR Project Construction Period April- July 2018 UPRR
Quiet Zone Community Education Process August 2018 City of Fremont
Submit Notice of Establishment September 2018 City of Fremont
Establish Quiet Zone October 2018 City of Fremont

Staying "on track" will require the ongoing support from UPRR, Caltrans and CPUC.

Contact Information
If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact:
Jeanne Suyeishi

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