Thursday, December 22, 2011
LIRR sans trees is too noisy
From the Daily News:
Residents who live near Long Island Rail Road tracks in Forest Hills Gardens complain the trains’ door chimes and speakers blare so loudly they break up the tranquility of the leafy enclave.
Apartment dwellers say the volume around the Burns St. station forces them to pause conversations and keep their windows closed in warm weather.
“It’s constant. It’s like Chinese water torture,” said Martin Levinson, 65. “Every time the train pulls in, you know you’re going to get that blast.”
Russ Gundlach, 45, who runs a photo re-touching business out of his apartment near the tracks, said he often has to apologize on the phone to clients who hear the train noise in the background.
“When it intrudes into the daily operation of my life and my business, it’s very frustrating,” he said.
LIRR spokesman Sam Zambuto said the volume of most chimes and speakers has been lowered by seven to 10 decibels under a program launched in October.
He said the remaining chimes and speakers are expected to be lowered by the end of December.