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ANAHEIM : Residents Protest Noise From Railroad Tracks

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.”

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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.


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