Train quiet zone response

Jul 22, 2013

Editor:

I strongly support creating a local improvement district (LID) to raise revenue to fund a railroad quiet zone in Edmonds as suggested by Mr. Laylin in his recent letter to the Beacon.

The expense when shared by the community would probably average less than $100 per year over 20 years per affected resident. Maybe Mr. Lewis, who thinks this a bad idea, does not live as near the tracks as I do or hear as well as me.

This frequent barrage of noise is sound pollution to our city and does nothing to enhance our community and is in fact a significant detriment to visitors and potential residents.

I personally know of two people who have backed out of condo purchases because of the train whistle noise.

I was at an indoor lecture the other night with the windows open.  Each time the whistle blew the speaker had to stop talking till the noise ceased.

I would love to be able to keep my windows open on summer evenings, but the level of train whistle noise disturbs my sleep.  The noise from the ferries and emergency vehicles is insignificant in comparison.

In creating a quiet zone the trains would still be allowed to blow their whistles in an emergency situation. The crossings would be enhanced for added safety.

There are many more injuries at traffic intersections than train crossings. Should we blow our car horn at each traffic intersection? I think not.

Let’s make Edmonds a quiet and peaceful place to live, work and visit.  Let’s quiet those trains.

 

Steve Reibman

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