Obnoxious Light Rail Noise
Coinciding 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.
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?