The Central area includes Beach Drive and Chelsea Drive. The central area was previously referred to as the ‘west’ quiet zone prior to the completion of the Railroad Controls Limited (RCL) Report. In May of 2005, the original quiet zone proposal recommended a 4-gate crossing improvement at both crossings with funding through a Local Improvement District (LID). Use of an LID to fund quiet zone improvements required an amendment to state law that was passed in 2009.
Working with neighborhood representatives, medians were installed on Beach Drive to establish a "train horn quiet zone."
In 2014, the official listing of the Chelsea railroad crossing shifted from a “private crossing” to a “public crossing.” The new designation allowed the City of Vancouver to start the rigorous process of applying to the federal government for a train horn quiet zone, and it was approved with the installation of several public improvements. These required elements include the installation of median curbing, vertical reflectorized panels and some pedestrian access measures for users of Wintler Park. Because the costs for these required improvements were less than $10,000, the City was able to fund the project using existing budget allocations. In late October 2014, the Chelsea Avenue railroad crossing was established as an official "train horn quiet zone,” and the routine sounding of train horns at the Chelsea crossing are scheduled to cease by the end of November.