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Old 12-28-2007, 09:54 AM   #1
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Trains to be 'much quieter' in Sugar Land

A Union Pacific locomotive passes through a railroad crossing in Sugar Land. The Fort Bend County city has installed quieter warning signals at 10 crossings along U.S. 90A. The system, which is not yet operational, cost the city $750,000. What a waste of money

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SUGAR LAND The screaming sound of locomotive horns that hourly rattle the walls and windows of so many Sugar Land homes will soon give way to a quieter announcement that a train is approaching.

The Fort Bend County city has installed "wayside horns" at 10 railroad crossings along U.S. 90A, one of the busiest railroad corridors in the region. The system cost the city $750,000.

"They definitely reduce the noise," said Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace. "Instead of the sound going in every direction, the sound goes right at the person in the car."

The new horns, resembling square-shaped megaphones, are positioned on tall poles at each crossing and are aimed down the street toward vehicles approaching the tracks.

The horns focus the sound in a narrow pattern as opposed to the locomotive horns that are multi-directional.

"It is a much, much quieter blast of sound," Wallace said.

The U.S. 90A rail corridor passes through three neighborhoods here: Venetian Estates, Sugar Lakes, and the part of town known as old Sugar Land.

Residents in those communities have long complained about the loud train noise.

But there was little that could be done because federal law required the train operators to blow the horns. The horns can also be heard in neighborhoods that are several miles from the tracks.

"This is probably one of the issues that I have received the most comments from citizens," Wallace said.

Venetian Estates resident Dr. David Rothschild has lived there for two years, and, like many residents, enjoys spending time on the lake that meanders through the neighborhood.

"If I am out on the north end of the lake, fishing close to the tracks, sometimes it sounds like the train is right behind you and better get out of the boat," he said.

Rothschild said residents are looking forward to seeing how effective the horns will be.

The installation of the new system is made possible by a change in federal law. City officials and residents had to live with the horn noise until new guidelines were issued by the Federal Railroad Administration two years ago.

The new rules allow communities to establish "quiet zones," where the sounding of horns or whistles can be banned if the community provides safety measures that compensate for the absence of the train horns.

The wayside horns are the first step in establishing the quiet zones. Sugar Land officials also plan to install "quad gates" at each crossing. The gates are similar to current crossing arms but completely block the rail crossing, making it impossible for motorists to drive around the arms, said city spokesman Doug Adolph.

Adolph said the next phase of the project will see the Union Pacific Railroad connecting the horns to the railroad's electronic signal system, which should happen early next year.

Wallace said residents learned to live with the train noise, but during the past several years, the amount of train traffic has increased.

"Ten years ago, we only had 10 trains coming through there. Today we have 30 to 40 trains a day," he said.

Venetian Estates resident Jennifer Larocca agreed that the noise was not an issue when only a few trains chugged by.

"Now it is every hour," she said.

To help reduce the noise, big walls were installed along the highway.

"The sound walls have helped a little bit," said resident Bob Wilson, who has lived in Venetian Estates since 1991. "But, we were all quite excited to hear they were going to put in the directional horns."
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I bet it raises total property value of surrounding houses more than $750,000, and subsequently increases the taxes that the city receives in the long run.

$750,000 is nothing to a city of that size.
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I live in Stafford/Sugarland area and can hear the train at NIGHT especially in the winter time!!! Don't hear the horn but I sure do hear the load Train!!

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Those darn idiots who try to beat the train need to hear the blast in all directions.
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Those darn idiots who try to beat the train need to hear the blast in all directions.
or they could just not beat it once and they wouldn't try again natural selection
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Do they come from all directions? I wish all crossings only blasted the sound in the direction that cars are coming from.
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Don't buy an expensive house near the railroad tracks, or the airport either.
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The system, which is not yet operational, cost the city $750,000. What a waste of money

You obviously have never lived close to a RR intersection and had to listen to those train whistles blasting day and night!!

I lived in Alvin for a year and it was very bad - one Saturday morning there were four trains between 0400 and 0600...

All this is because two years ago, your legislators, in a fit of stupidity, passed a federal law requiring trains to blow their whistles when they are within 1/4 miles of at ALL RR crossings at all times of the day and night so people would not drive in front of train.

Local governments can stop the noise by putting local horns at the intersections as Sugarland did.

The local horns only blow in the direction facing the oncoming traffic so it is much quieter.

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Don't buy an expensive house near the railroad tracks, or the airport either.
Yeah, no .

I live in the Heights and they are building new patio homes really close to the tracks.

These are pretty nice, but literally 10 feet from the tracks and I think they start over $300,000.

http://www.northgatecustomhomes.com/theheights.html

It's not even the whistle I would worry about but the vibrations from the train shaking the house apart.
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It's really saying something about the quality of the city when folks don't mind spending a few M on a house next to the train tracks.
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Yeah, no .

I live in the Heights and they are building new patio homes really close to the tracks.

These are pretty nice, but literally 10 feet from the tracks and I think they start over $300,000.

http://www.northgatecustomhomes.com/theheights.html

It's not even the whistle I would worry about but the vibrations from the train shaking the house apart.
Used to date a chick that lived in one of those 300+ townhomes. Had a 12x10 fenced backyard and just beyond the fence was the tracks. Never has and never will make sense to me. Plus just outside of the "gated community" were nothing but run down old shabby houses. A few that either had plastic or no windows at all. FTW - Just W of Waugh and N of Washington. Stupid.
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I live near IAH, but the plane noise is pretty minimal. I lived in an apartment down the street so I already knew what the noise level would be. It's non existent for long stretches. I don't even notice them 99% of the time.

My concern is that one will fall out of the sky on final approach.
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I bet it raises total property value of surrounding houses more than $750,000, and subsequently increases the taxes that the city receives in the long run.

$750,000 is nothing to a city of that size.

it might be after no more sugar factory ??
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I live in Stafford/Sugarland area and can hear the train at NIGHT especially in the winter time!!! Don't hear the horn but I sure do hear the load Train!!

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Same here... I can almost tell the time with em lol
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