SE Portland Train Horn Quiet Zone
I support a train horn Quiet Zone for the SE Portland, Oregon, rail corridor. Why Because: There are already 35 trains each day and night running through the corridor. With light rail, this will increase five times (to 175 trains), all day and all night long. Each train is required to sound four 110 decibel blasts at each of five intersections between SE 8th and Clinton – 20 blasts for each train. Current train horns already disrupt many people’s sleep, damaging long term health. These blasts exceed recommended health and safety levels; OSHA requires hearing protection at 88 decibels (less than a quarter as loud as a train horn). This “earsplitting” sound will: o Limit viability of a passenger station and nearby bike/pedestrian trails. o Increase liability for hearing loss for people living and working nearby. o Be a barrier to successful economic re-development of the area. o Damage the livability of HAND and Brooklyn neighborhoods. Portland needs transportation solutions that promote a sustainable, livable community. I support a Quiet Zone to eliminate all train horn noise in SE Portland.