Bob Shaffo about 1 month ago

I have lived in the southwestern area of Chico for over 5 years (neighborhood surrounding Pomona Ave., behind Walnut St. & W. 9th St) which lies fairly close to the train tracks. The train activity in the middle of the night has always been high, and the use of it's horn has always been something to get used to. However, after the Oroville Dam collapse and the Camp Fire(s) is has gotten *Much Worse. We have all seen the reports of increased deaths that have happened on the tracks, and the general assumption is that this is due in large part to drunken revelry but also the large increase in the homeless population along the tracks. A solution to this must be addressed. These trains come through Chico at least once a night, sometimes several times. Every single time they do they blare horns loud enough to be heard in every corner of this city. Sometimes they actually stop due to people blocking the tracks and lay on the horns for extended periods of time. A larger police &/or security presence needs to be permanently posted around the tracks. To help prevent further tragedy & also stop the trains from needing to use blaring horns for extended periods of time in the middle of the night. Thank you.

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Charles Withuhn about 1 month ago

I have lived blocks from the tracks since '72. The train horn is way way louder than it used to be. And the fact that people still get killed on the tracks is proof that the louder horn does no good! In other countries the train horns are not as loud. In the 70's and 80's the train horn seemed no louder in my back yard than a car horn at a distance. Now they are so loud you can't carry on a conversation 'til it's over. The Preamble to the Constitution has the words, "...to preserve the domestic tranquillity..." Sleep deprivation is a form of torture that can lead to irrational behavior. Is it any wonder some of the high crime areas are near railroad tracks? I submit that the sanity provided by a good night's rest for thousands may be more important than the occasional inevitable fatality that will happen no matter what and no matter how loud the horn is. I'm aware of an intentional suicide on the tracks. Some deaths will happen no matter what.

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