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Atherton to work with Caltrain to resolve noise problems

Original post made on Dec 11, 2016

Angry and frustrated after a recent report showed Caltrain is repeatedly violating Atherton's quite zone, City Council members said they'll work with Caltrain to resolve the problem before going to federal officials to ask for enforcement.

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Comments (7)

Posted by relentlesscactus
a resident of another community
on Dec 11, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Quiet zones are dangerous. If someone is killed, the blood is on your hands, Atherton. All so you can quiet horns that have always been there. Plenty of communities without trains - move there if it's that important to you. San Clemente wants the state to spend billions to move the trains off the beach. Taxpayer dollars for private gain. Rich hypocrites.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

What part of there's a train running through the middle of your town? What don't you understand about trains need to sound their horns? Seriously, are you so entitled that you think the trains should comply with your wishes along with aircraft flying overhead? Get real and get a life. The world doesn't revolve around you.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 11, 2016 at 10:29 pm

Quiet zones are safe. It is not Atherton saying this, but the federal government who had expert safety engineers create this policy.

The reason why is that additional safety measures have been added to these specific rail crossings that eliminate the need for the train horn.

Posted by IMHO
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 12, 2016 at 6:32 am

Some engineers are complying, others are deliberately using the horn.
There is likely tension between regulation, policy, past court decisions, and training which lead to this inconsistent behavior. I suspect liability is at the heart of this issue.
Is the engineer financially exposed (lawsuit, fine, adverse action) if they fail to sound the horn and they kill a pedestrian or vehicle occupant?

Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 12, 2016 at 7:29 am

Atherton is not the suburbs; neither is Menlo Park nor Palo Alto nor Redwood City. These cities and towns come with the noise of being part of a metropolitan area -- you live near an airport, train tracks, and highway corridors. As the population grows on the Peninsula so does the noise. Atherton has tried to regulate air traffic and train noise, are the highways and El Camino next?

Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 12, 2016 at 3:48 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

I am surprised they haven't filed a law suit. The town in famious for law suits.

Posted by peninsula resident
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 12, 2016 at 6:39 pm

"Quiet zones are dangerous."

Quiet zones are *safe*. Quiet Zones require Supplemental Safety Measures (SSM) be in place, and are statistically proven to be *safer* than crossings without SSMs, according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Quiet Zones are not unusual in other parts of the Bay Area. Would you care to voice your outrage for Quiet Zones in the rich enclave of Richmond, CA?

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