Quality of life pursuit: San Diego County, La Mesa California. This site has been developed for 82 people that signed a petition from 44 parcels with residents from several different streets regarding a remedy for reducing rail noise and a horn quiet zone request. We plan to work effectively with persons of authority to bring this matter to attention to give the authority the opportunity to correct what we believe has been a terrible environment safety mistake. Supporters hope the noise impact will be assessed and that solutions will be developed to benefit as many people as possible. *There are additional noise elements such as interstate 8, 125, and aircraft & hellispot.
Attn: City of La Mesa California Planners and Council Members, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and Council Members, and the Public Utilities Commission
1) We request a Quiet Zone from trolley & freight horns at rail crossing: Amaya St. & Severin Dr. in La Mesa California of San Diego County. 2) We request protection from the screeching noise the trolley & rail makes.
Although public transportation is important, we would like fair treatment. Our quality of life is affected and our location has not been protected. Read on about the frequency of screeching rail, vibrating freight trips, and excessive horn blowing our residential area has been expected to endure.
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Trolley Hours & Trolley Route The trolley operates approx. 21 hrs per day. The trolley passes homes an average of 280 times per day with the round trip and doubling back of two trolleys. There is a freight line that runs when the trolley is not running and the trolley and freight operate during sleeping hours. The horns blow 3 or more times at the crossing. Over 840 to 1000 horns blow regularly per day. There is screeching around curves and on the rail. Freight line can not use the lubrication system designed for the trolley screeching prevention. (This info was provided by the MTS planner who spoke on the agenda at a La Mesa Board meeting.) Vibration is also a concern.
Our community was identified for noise elements over 20 years ago in the City of La Mesa's General Plan. We brought this point to the City of La Mesa's attention in 2011. We also have brought the noise situation to the attention of the MTS Board, the City of La Mesa planners and their Council Board, the Public Utilities Commission, SanDag, Caltrans, San Diego County, and others. We have requested to be included in the new La Mesa General plan expected to be released to the public for review in 2012. We are wondering why planners and developers have not corrected items that they know exist. Our community has joined together to request mitigation. Should our community even have to be put in this position to ask in the first place? Why were we not protected with planning and developments? Other areas are protected.
Benefits of Mitigation Could be:
Mitigation is requested to fix the unhealthy sound levels identified in a FRA decibel chart. PUC did a partial test of the decibel levels that was represented in a letter fro MTS. Screeching levels were higher than acceptable by FRA decibel guidelines. MTS has lubrications systems protecting other areas from the trolley screech and other areas already have Quiet Zones that do not have excessive horn blowing.
VIDEO OF NOISE the trolley makes
Neleco and Synco had a scientist hired by MTSB to develop a Rail Noise-Suppression Lubricant -due to the complaints and screeching: http://neleco.com/history-of-neleco/ Freight operating on the same trolley rail can not utilize the screeching lubrication that MTS already uses in other areas. The freight can not go up the hill if the lubrication is used according to a senior MTS planner who spoke during this agenda item on the La Mesa City Board. The screeching on the video is an example of the noise. Freight and trolley on the same track can not use the lubrication system. Our area has Orange line, Green line trolleys, and freight. We request mitigation.
Vicinity Map of Noise Location: The area of 1960 homes was identified in 1989 for environment decibel impact and has gotten worse and worse with transportation expansion. Statistics indicate that there can be more crime in areas that are impacted by noise and the quality of life may be reduced considerably. (Trolley Tracks are locaed at base of Slope at Loren Drive (adjacent to Water St between Severin Dr. and Murray Dr. La Mesa California 91942)
Historical Document of Noise Element from 1989
Download Flyer Contains information about Website to pass to your friends
Need a Quiet Zone IApproved Quiet Zone(s) San Diego County
As for horns all night, Downtown San Diego got a Quiet Zone recently for 13 crossings. Citizens depend on government to protect. How about officials? Will they protect us?
Authorities know there are sound problems. PUC knows. The MTS and La Mesa Boards know. We have provided them all with the information. Levels are higher than acceptable.
Compliance National Environment Policy NEPA Ground Impact
Cumulative Condition California Environmental Quality CEQA Modifying crossings
FTA Oversight Should other project funding be put on hold?
$200 billion SD Transportation Plan-- Seems as some of the billions $$ could be used to fix the damage done to our existing residential areas first. Funding for improvements is being requested to be provided by Metropolitan Transit, environment agencies, SanDag, Caltrans, from donations, and from programs that the community could be eligible for. Trolley Renewal: http://www.keepsandiegomoving.com/Trolley/Trolley-intro.aspx
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