What is Proximity?

Issues Definitions

3. Public Annoyance

As with any other transport mode's infrastructure (e.g. airports, truck depots), rail facilities are located all across the country and operate 24/7, often in the proximity of highly populated communities. As Canada becomes increasingly urbanized, railroads and people are living closer together as development grows around rail facilities. People living and working near these facilities (such as rail tracks or yards) can be impacted by noise and vibration from train operations. This may include train whistling, idling of locomotives, and shunting of cars in yards. In addition, the construction and maintenance of rail infrastructure such as rail bridges, signals, track and buildings can further add to noise and vibration. Construction and maintenance related to highway-railway crossings can be disruptive to public convenience. Railways try to minimize the adverse effects of their operation on people living nearby, but sometimes this is unavoidable. Good land use planning and buffering can go far to mitigate some of the annoyance. Sound buffering includes the construction of setbacks and berms or banks of earth, which serve to obstruct or muffle sound. Acoustical barriers and new vibration isolation techniques are also increasingly employed. Railways and municipalities are developing guidelines to deal with noise and vibration. Public Annoyance issues can be further categorized under the areas of noise, interruptions and vibration.

3.1 Noise

As with other transport modes, there is a significant noise factor associated with train operations such as: passing trains and railway yard activities; train whistling; and construction/maintenance of rail infrastructure. MORE >

3.2 Interruptions

On some occasions rail operations may be disruptive to public convenience. MORE >

3.3 Vibration

Vibrations are a part of train operations. MORE >