Train noise complaints lead to public meeting

A public town hall-type meeting will be held Tuesday night to deal with the complaints registered by people living in Newberry who are upset with noise from trains at intersections.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said he’s exploring closing the road crossing at Howard Street to the Newberry Rail Yard but not before listening to people.

Many of the neighbors would like to have it closed,” he said. “The horns are 24 hours-a day.”

According to John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development, train engineers are required to give two long, one short and one long blast of the horn every time they approach crossings.

“They keep them at a certain decibel,” Grado said.

Two other crossings are in Newberry, one at Arch Street and another at Depot Street, each one with a gate.

Alannah Gabriel of the Newberry Community Partnership, West End Christian Community Center, 901 Diamond St., is organizing the meeting that begins 7 p.m. at the center.

It’ll allow residents to listen to city officials and exchange ideas. Also invited were officials with SEDA-Council of Governments Joint Rail Authority and Lycoming Valley Railroad, Campana said.

The issue has been brought up at the city public works committee and council members are expected to share their views, too, he said.