Currently the Town is working with the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA) to plan for quiet zones in Jupiter. Brightline – the company that has recently established high-speed passenger rail from Miami to West Palm Beach and has plans to continue north to Orlando – is currently installing safety measures in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach at select intersections. Once the safety measures are complete, those communities may apply for quiet zones. If Brightline proceeds with phase 2 of their project to bring passenger rail north from West Palm Beach to Orlando, they will consider installing safety measures that may enable quiet zones. At this point, the timing of that project is unknown.
If the plans for Brightline are delayed or changed, the Town could evaluate the cost of implementing safety measures and quiet zones. The Town Council has prioritized a thorough and comprehensive review of Quiet Zones in their 2019 Strategic Plan, so that they may evaluate all available alternatives and associated costs in late 2018 or early 2019. With this approach, it is the Town’s hope that Brightline’s plans will become clearer and the Town Council will be positioned to make decisions with all available information.