I can personally attest to the accuracy of the comments about what I believe to be a few sadistic engineers who blast their train whistles as loud as possible for an inordinate amount of time in the middle of the night (1 or 2 a.m.), and sometimes during the day, as well. We live about 200 yards from a railroad crossing and close to another crossing in Larrabee Park. We hear the trains' whistles day and night, sometimes up to eight or more times for one crossing! Their whistle blasts are so loud, conversation inside the homes in our neighborhood must stop and TV shows must be paused when some of them pass by. A former railroad employee told us recently that this was a deliberate act of disdain and hostility by a few disgruntled engineers. In the past few years, I have developed insomnia. I guess they would be pleased.
I cannot imagine how disruptive all this train noise will be for our community with the addition of 18 or more coal trains passing every day. Children, in particular, are affected, and studies show they do not learn as well in school without a good night's sleep. If the Gateway Pacific Terminal is approved, I would beseech our city and county councils to upgrade safety measures at every crossing and pass an ordinance mandating a silent zone along this entire route, so we can all finally get a peaceful night's rest.