About Quiet Zones

The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council represents approximately 25,000 Los Angeles residents, businesses and organizations along the Lower Arroyo Seco, near where it merges with the Los Angeles River. We are hillside and canyon communities, and noises reverberate throughout our residential canyons. Immediately to the South is the Metrolink and the new Los Angeles Gold Line now runs through the old Santa Fe rail line along the Arroyo. Until the construction of the Gold Line, we were protected from undue horn-blowing by Section 72.12 of the Municipal Code for the City of Los Angeles, the "Quiet Zone" Ordinance No.150.410. Through many large, well-attended public meetings, our stakeholders have requested re-establishing limitations on horn-blowing and bell-ringing in residential areas. We feel that the old Quiet Zone served our community well, and look forward to working collaboratively with public authorities to re-establishing a Quiet Zone in our area.


It shall be unlawful and a public nuisance for any operator of a railroad train in the Mount Washington and Highland Park areas of the City of Los Angeles between the intersection of Figueroa Street and Marmion Way up to and including the area at the intersection of Figueroa and Avenue 61, to blow or otherwise activate, or permit to be blown or activated, any horn or whistle when approaching any railroad crossing at grade, protected by automatic crossing gates, EXCEPT in the case of any emergency. (Amended by Ord. No. 150,410, Eff. 1/20/78.)