Obnoxious Light Rail Noise

9/26/2007:

hoboken-is-noisy.jpgCoinciding with the “Is Hoboken too noisy” post that was seeing some action this week is another issue a Hoboken resident has with the Light Rail stop at 2nd Street. I asked him to capture some video, because I was unsure if I could relate. After watching it, I came up with the title to this article. It’s really annoying!

Additionally, he’s sent a letter to Mayor Roberts THREE TIMES over the past three weeks with no response.

He wrote:

“Dear Mayor:

I would like to file complaints regarding the unbearable loud air horn noise generated by NJ Light Rail train between New York Avenue and 2nd street Station. I am a resident in the Sky Club Condominium and our apartment sits right across from 2nd street station. For the past 2 years my family and I have had to suffer the totally unacceptable level of noise produced by the light rail train horns. Our peace is constantly shattered by the seemingly unnecessary blasts on these horns whenever a train goes by. Our kids have been suffering too. They are constantly awoken by the sound because the train drivers won’t stop honking the horn even at 2 AM in the morning. The level of noise is definitely well above the acceptable level for residential area.

I have contacted the NJ transit regarding to this problem prior to this writing but received no solutions. They said the super loud horn is necessary in order to alert passengers. However, there are so many things can be implemented to achieve the same effect. I’ve seen drop-down gates installed at the light rail intersections in Jersey City, which will eliminate completely the needs for air-horns and also provide safety measure for drivers. I don’t see why something simple like the drop-down gates can’t be implemented to solve the problem. If Jersey City can do it, why can’t Hoboken? For the past 2 years I have seen my property tax increased by more than 15%. I wish some of my tax dollar could be used to on something that is actually useful. If the drop-down gate is not possible (I don’t see any reason), a period of ‘quiet hour’ needs to be instituted. What is the point of honking the horn every 5 minutes at 1 AM in the morning when there are hardly any cars on the road?

We have not given up on Hoboken yet and still find it a great place to work, live and raise kids. But the situation is getting ridiculous and borderline unbearable. I hope you can step-in to help resolve this matter. I wish some solutions can be implemented.”

After you watch the video, don’t you kind of agree with him?

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62 Comments on "Obnoxious Light Rail Noise"

Plaxico
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Plaxico

Get ear plugs…

jackrodshaw
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jackrodshaw

what’s more annoying the light rail horn or dough boy dave roberts north jersey accent?

thebinatwork2
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Agreed Red Haven- its a bassakwards situation that only government could come up with.

All of you saying “too bad you live near the light rail” would change your tune real fast if you happened to be within 100 yards of these very slow moving trolleys when they blasted the oil tanker horn. You would also soil yourself. This ain’t the Rice a Roni San Francisco treat bell. Its beyonf obnoxious. I have no doubt its capable of damaging your hearing if you are close enough. F#ck stupid pedestrians that can’t be bothered to avoid being hit by a train moving 5 MPH.

jackrodshaw
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jackrodshaw

has dough boy responded to this reader yet? or is he too busy cutting ribbons or screaming like an idiot at council meetings?

Red Haven
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Red Haven

[quote comment=”45593″]Move out of the Sky Club, dude. Not everywhere in town has a light rail next to it (why didn’t you think of that before you procreated there?).[/quote]

It is my understanding (and correct me if I’m wrong) that NJ Transit just started doing the mega-horn blowing after recent collisions.

What they need to do is put gates in at the at-grade crossings. Instead of spending the money on that (or fixing the sewer trunk-lines) they are blowing the damn horn several times at full blast.

Several hundred people are getting knocked out of bed so two or three people can ride a trolley in the middle of the night?

In the words of Spock, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few… or the one.”

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