Ben Thomas New York

Silence the train

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To the Residents of the Village of Chatham, New York

  • Are you tired of the thunderous sound of the rail train’s horn in the morning, during the day, and throughout the night?
  • Does your business or place of employment suffer because of the loud and unexpected noise that occurs during the work day?
  • Are your children affected at school or at home with the incessant blasts of the rail train’s horn?
  • Are you tired of your property value being depreciated by the proximity to the railroad tracks?
  • Do you want to re-establish Chatham as a charming Village without the daily intrusion of piercing noise?

Let’s join together to stop the noise our home and in our neighborhood!

The Federal Railroad Administration posits that trains running through areas WITHOUT an established “Quiet Zone” are obligated to sound their horn four (4) times at every intersection. The sounding of the horns quickly adds up, as there are multiple public highway and rail crossings.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, a “Quiet Zone” is “a section of a rail line at least one half mile in length that contains one or more consecutive public highway – rail grade crossings at which locomotive horns are not routinely sounded when trains are

approaching the crossings.” The Village of Chatham is now on a mission to establish an official “Quiet Zone”.

What are the benefits of establishing a “Quiet Zone” in Chatham, New York?

  • enhanced quality of life
  • a reduction in health impacts of the train horn.
  • improvement of the value of a community and property values.
  • safer crossings due to required upgrades.
  • increased productivity at businesses and homes.
  • enriched effectiveness of our children’s educational experience.
  • creation of a peaceful environment.
  • improved attractiveness of our Village.

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