About 50 residents who live near a set of railroad tracks picketed City Hall this week, urging the City Council to pay for a sound wall to protect their neighborhood.
The residents complained Tuesday that since a second railway line opened in January, their lives have been made miserable by train noise.
Kathy Wright, whose home on Northfield Avenue is about 60 feet from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad tracks, played a tape recording of trains passing her home at 2 a.m.
“It’s horrendous,” said Wright. “Enough fooling around. I don’t want to hear about studies anymore. We shouldn’t have to live like that. No one should.”
But officials told the protesters that the city will unveil its plan to manage the problem at a council meeting Oct. 4. Officials said Tuesday that they view train noise as a regional problem and that a solution should include county transportation authorities and other affected cities.
A sound wall for the Northfield Avenue residents could cost $1.5 million to $3 million to construct, officials said. Mayor Tom Daly has said that the city cannot afford to pay for the wall by itself.