It seems to me everyone has their own idea on how to best spend the dollars we pay to live in Steilacoom. People make estimates of how others are affected by the train whistle noise.
Like everything in life moderation is key, so having a horn at the crossings mitigates noise without compromising safety. I recall very nice cobble stone crosswalks were removed because of noise pollution and I imagine fewer people were affected by that noise. Now we have stop signs, which would have mitigated that noise without replacement.
People say, “you knew the train came through Steilacoom,” before you moved here. Fact is when we purchased our property in Steilacoom there was a plan to build a bridge over the train tracks this would have removed the need for the train whistle. The picture of the planned track crossing still hangs in the community center.
It makes people feel small when folks on the council say, “when we quiet the whistle it will not stop the vibration nor the rest of the sounds the train makes.” This issue deals with the train whistle and we all know what that sounds like. I say it behooves us to remove noise or mitigate it by installing a wayside horn when ever and where ever we can, keeping safety in mind.
Thank for the opportunity to share,
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