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Lodi City Council explores idea of quiet zone for railroads

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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:04 am, Sat Sep 22, 2012.

The sound of a train whistle floating through an open window during the middle of the night is a common occurrence for Lodi residents.

For the first time, the Lodi City Council discussed the idea of reducing that noise with a quiet zone at a shirtsleeve session on Tuesday.

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  • Marcia Pothast posted at 11:13 am on Mon, Sep 24, 2012.

    Marcia Pothast Posts: 11

    Quite frankly, the train noise is not the problem. If you are going to be negotiating with Union Pacific concentrate on 2 things. 1. A plan to keep trespasser off of the railroad right of way north of Turner. 2. Upkeep of the railroad right-of-way including regular mowing to prevent fire hazards.

  • Ron Werner posted at 9:49 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    Ron Werner Posts: 101

    Even with horns, I frequently read about people getting hit by trains. Without horns, peolple won't know what hit them.

  • Norman McAllister posted at 8:51 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    norm1090 Posts: 1

    I live about 800ft from the tracks. Honestly the trains never bother me, even with windows open. I always sleep with white-noise of some kind fan, heater, etc.) and any other noise gets drowned out, even if it is much louder.

    There really isn't a good solution for 'quiet' railroad operation. As long as careless individuals still try to beat trains, there will always be a reason to honk the horn and ring the bell.

    Try to think positive though; ever since welded rails replaced riveted segments on most mainline tracks, the 'clickety-clack' that was once a huge nuisance around railroads has been greatly reduced.

  • Kenneth Huntley posted at 4:12 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    Ken Huntley Posts: 42

    Try waiting for a City/Intercity bus at the Lodi Transit Station, and deal with the trains. Most UP train operators are horn happy, I can honestly say I'm more hard of hearing thanks to all those days of waiting for the 23/93 to take me to SJDC. [sneaky]

  • Jon Brawn posted at 12:41 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    Horseswagled Posts: 1

    You reckon the FEDs all of sudden after decades trumping state law on train horns was because they really care about citizens ears or the deal really has to do with with making/saving their railroad bed partners $$$$???

    Bye-bye train crews.

  • Ed Walters posted at 12:10 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    the old dog Posts: 632

    The best but mose expensive way would be either an underpasses or bridge, which ever is the least expensive, like the ones on Turner and Kettleman. Close a couple of street crossing at night, but then you must remember the trains were there first. Anyone that lives near the tracks is a victim of his own demise and need help when deciding where to buy a house.[wink]



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