Possible quiet zone improvements have been identified in the downtown area and include the railroad crossings at Jefferson, West Eighth and West 11th streets.
The downtown area was not initially studied due to the lack of funding and conflicts with using a Local Improvement District in a commercially-zoned land use area. In 2007, City Council directed staff to prepare a feasibility study for a downtown quiet zone. Since that time, new developments with other road and rail work have been identified as a solution.
A long-term improvements will come from a full quiet zone, which is funded and in the process, but will not be in place until later some time after the completion of both the Waterfront Access Project and WSDOT’s Vancouver Rail Bypass Project.