Torrance studies ways to reduce train...

Torrance studies ways to reduce train horns, establish 'quiet z...

There are 34 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Apr 22, 2010, titled Torrance studies ways to reduce train horns, establish 'quiet z.... In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Responding to an increasing number of complaints from residents, Torrance is pursuing a plan that would make it unnecessary for trains to toot their horns at the eight railroad crossings in the city.

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Gladiator in Torrance

Redondo Beach, CA

#1 Apr 22, 2010
Unfortunately I do not live within the vicinity of train tracks but I do sympathize with the neighbors who do have to listen to it. I feel cost is outlandish when you can send in a city worker to do the same observation study.
Gladiator in Torrance

Redondo Beach, CA

#2 Apr 22, 2010
I apologize for double posting got caught up with the pop ups on this page.
neighbor

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Apr 22, 2010
The cost is crazy, but really there seems to be only one train conductor that takes a sick kind of joy in prolonging his horn toots. I have had to stop conversations with people inside buildings near the tracks during work hours because of the unnecessary length of the train horn. A nice toot or two should do, but the really long toots are just annoying. Especially at night.
Gladiator in Torrance

Redondo Beach, CA

#4 Apr 22, 2010
Wow i had no idea I agree a short toot toot is better than laying it down like a car horn.
Loud

Moorpark, CA

#5 Apr 22, 2010
neighbor wrote:
The cost is crazy, but really there seems to be only one train conductor that takes a sick kind of joy in prolonging his horn toots. I have had to stop conversations with people inside buildings near the tracks during work hours because of the unnecessary length of the train horn. A nice toot or two should do, but the really long toots are just annoying. Especially at night.
I agree. There are some good conductors, particularly at night, that really do some very quick and minimal horn blasts. Those are not too bad, but having one good night unfortunately leads to another conductor on a bad night that blasts away for the full 25 seconds for 4 times, and this is repated 3+ blasts for an unreasonable amount of noise! It is outrageous. Can someone please post a website or a telephone number where neighbors along the tracks can complain??
wow

United States

#6 Apr 22, 2010
The train has been there longer than most residents in the area... people moving in SHOULD guess that there will be noise. You can't buy a house (or a nice new over-priced condo) and think there won't be some noise from a train. Even if some horn blasts are overdone, all it will take is one car getting slammed into in the "quiet" zone for safety folks to reconsider a move that does away with train horn blasts altogether. Why not outfit trains with horns that run out of steam (or whatever it is now) after some amount of consecutive blow time? Horns are necessary--people do not adhere to the rules at train crossings.
Torrance Mom

Redondo Beach, CA

#7 Apr 22, 2010
No, please don't do away with the sounds from the trains! We love to hear the train go by, and yes, we do live close enough to hear them. It is such a pleasant throw back to the calmer way life used to be here in Torrance, and a treat to hear the trains over the roar of the streets. We love the varied lengths of the horn blasts as we try to imagine who is doing it and the reasons behind them. Day or night, the train sounds bring comfort to our house.
Jeff

Redondo Beach, CA

#9 Apr 23, 2010
There are certain conductors who seem to enjoy blowing their horn endlessly between 11PM-4AM. Almost seems they do it on purpose knowing people sleep at those hours and get enjoyment doing it. It is though when you have little ones trying to get a good night sleep.
Neil

Spring, TX

#10 Apr 23, 2010
I'm with WOW: folks, you moved near the tracks that were already there, and now you want the city to mute the train? Oh brother. Doesn't matter what the argument is ("this is all I could afford", etc.) you CHOSE to live near the tracks, now CHOOSE to live with the consequences of your decision. What a waste of taxpayer dollars. No wonder California is broke.
Torrance Resident

Redondo Beach, CA

#11 Apr 23, 2010
I live about 6 blocks away from the train tracks and most of the time it does not bother me. Periodically though, it is so loud, it wakes everyone up. There is no need to spend millions of dollars, just get the employees to adhere to a policy of how long to blow the horn. Is that really so difficult? The horn is to warn drivers but it doesn't have to be loud enough to be blasting 6 blocks away.
Neil wrote:
I'm with WOW: folks, you moved near the tracks that were already there, and now you want the city to mute the train? Oh brother. Doesn't matter what the argument is ("this is all I could afford", etc.) you CHOSE to live near the tracks, now CHOOSE to live with the consequences of your decision. What a waste of taxpayer dollars. No wonder California is broke.
Mike Watkins

United States

#12 Apr 23, 2010
Complain, complain, complain. Torrance residents are GOOD at that. First it's helicopters, now the train noise is destroying us all! Wasn't Jared Sidney Torrance's original vision for Torrance to be a mixed industrial and residential city?
donn

Torrance, CA

#13 Apr 23, 2010
The city cannot even keep up with things like keeping the streets paved and parks clean. 5 million because some people dont like the train whisle. Too bad whiners, Torrance cant afford it.
Just me -

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Apr 23, 2010
I live almost 2 miles from the nearest tracks and I can still hear the trains at night. Other than the WLA area and maybe PV, I'm not aware that there are many areas in L.A. that aren't somewhat close to railroad tracks. Maybe the solution would be to restrict trains from running late at night or change the tone of the horns at night so that the noise doesn't travel more than 1/2 mile. The trains travel so slow through the city. How much notice does someone need that a train is approaching?
Matt

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Apr 23, 2010
I honestly can't believe that someone would ask the city to spend 5 million dollars on something like this. Where are the adults?
OldAl

AOL

#16 Apr 23, 2010
It's easy to sit in judgment of those who are subjected to loud and aggressive horn honking by trains when it doesn't effect you.
I've lived in this area for more then 50 years which is the apex for four intersections that the trains must cross, train honking as I write this,
It wasn't always like this trains were somewhat smaller and took shorter time to travel through our area. Be here at 3:00 am when they start the honking great fun that.
What happened to the Alameda Corridor that was to alleviated a lot of this train traffic? Also the trains in general are a nuisance have had to direct traffic when a train stalls for the better part of an hour try that all you nay sayers
SoTorrance Mom

Torrance, CA

#17 Apr 23, 2010
I lived near the train crossing on Sepulveda Blvd. for 10 years. I'll write up a report for the city for $20,000 to save the city some money.

All kidding aside, why do the conductors need to blow the horn when it crosses an intersection? All the intersections have lights and guard rails descending to announce that the train is coming. I can see sounding the horn in an area where there are no lights and rails, but that is not the case here. Most people drive with their radios on so does it even make an impact to sound the horn?
Eastside

West Chester, OH

#20 Apr 23, 2010
The train horns are part of living in Torrance. I've heard them my entire life and have lived within a half mile of the tracks for the past 20 years. It's not even half as bad as it used to be. We used to have trains running through the city almost hourly before the Alameda corridor was finished. And, yes, there is that one train driver that is mad as hell at the world and takes it out on us by leaning on the horn. BUT The Horns add to our safety. If the gate and lights fail (and they do) someone would get killed if the horns weren't blowing. Too Big of a risk. GET OVER IT AND STOP WHINING! AND DON'T WASTE ANOTHER NICKEL ON THIS STUPIDITY.
Pancho

Las Vegas, NV

#21 Apr 23, 2010
SoTorrance Mom wrote:
I lived near the train crossing on Sepulveda Blvd. for 10 years. I'll write up a report for the city for $20,000 to save the city some money.
All kidding aside, why do the conductors need to blow the horn when it crosses an intersection? All the intersections have lights and guard rails descending to announce that the train is coming. I can see sounding the horn in an area where there are no lights and rails, but that is not the case here. Most people drive with their radios on so does it even make an impact to sound the horn?
It's a requirement for every enegineer to sound the horn at marked railroad crossings: There are signs posted along railroad tracks to let the engineers know when to sound their horns. Every railroad in the U. S. has to comply with this standard. As for the sound level of the horns, that is probably set by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
Visiting Cowboy

Helena, MT

#22 Apr 23, 2010
Pancho wrote:
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It's a requirement for every enegineer to sound the horn at marked railroad crossings: There are signs posted along railroad tracks to let the engineers know when to sound their horns. Every railroad in the U. S. has to comply with this standard. As for the sound level of the horns, that is probably set by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
So you want to spend "government" money to review a problem created by "government".

It sounds a lot like perpetual motion or full employment for bureaucrats.(They create a problem and get to "study" how to fix it.)

Just yank out those nasty trains, who needs them anyway. LOL
Thomas the Train

Pasadena, CA

#23 Jun 14, 2010
I just moved out to redlands/loma linda, and train noise freakin' sux. Please PLEASE Help! Is there any way to create a quiet zone? I am about to run through those trains morning and nights!

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