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Options offered on train noise

October 10, 2013

The city Public Works Committee is working with the SEDA-Council of Governments Joint Rail Authority on options regarding train horn noise at the Howard Street crossing in Newberry. Mayor Gabriel J....

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501Blues

Oct-10-13 3:34 AM

A 45-year Jaysburg resident who couldn't attend the meeting, I must ask why this issue should cost the city ANY money or conflict, when all we need is for the engineers to stop blasting those blessed electronic train horns. I see the faces in those engines who antagonize daily along all three crossings. I know how much the noise hurts my head and can only imagine what it does to our pets and to people with hearing aids. In a mostly quiet neighborhood, there is no longer need for the horns to blast up to 12 times over 3 crossings for sometimes 15 seconds each. Closing Howard Street would only cause chaos at the Depot and Arch crossings when people race to beat a train and when Reach Road workers rush to and from work. Close calls occur daily at Depot & Boyd, where there once was a four-way stop, and the very simple solution is an area wide 25 mph speed limit and restriction on the decibel and duration of train noise pollution.

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