Too Loud to Hear the Train! Noise Assessment, Implications, and Mitigation Strategies on Light Rail Platforms

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Journal Article

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mode - tram/light rail, infrastructure - station, land use - planning, planning - service quality


LRT platforms, noise, freeway stations


Transit planners often place light rail station platforms in the middle of freeways to avoid land acquisition costs and neighborhood opposition. However, waiting for the rail at these platforms is unpleasant and may present a health risk. The study measures, compares, and contrasts noise levels at such “freeway stations” with noise levels encountered at non-freeway stations. It identifies the factors contributing to noise in both types of stations and presents recommendations for quieter light rail station platforms.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by SAGE, copyright remains with them.


Journal of Planning Education and Research