GO Transit says that it will install noise barriers through much of Weston that will actually make their trains quieter than they are now—except for in one important place.
The tunnel through Weston will be lined with sound-deadening materials, and the openings will have panels to make the trains quieter. Sound walls between 3 and 5 m (10 and 15 feet) high will be put along much of the rest of the tracks.
According to Metrolinx’s predictions, many parts of the village will be quieter than they are now, even with the new trains. The explanations are complicated, covering day and night, full builds and opening-day builds, but the following locations will, according to Metrolinx, be clear winners and slightly quieter than they are now:
- Rectory Rd
- Coulter Ave
- John St
- South Station
- King George Road
In addition, the area around Oak Street will be slightly louder during the day, but quieter at night
Finally, some locations will be clearly worse off than they are now.
- The houses in the area of 78 Rosemount will be subjected to noise between .5 and 3 dB louder than at present.
- The area of 253 Queenslea will be between 3 and 4 dB louder than it is now
- Purdy Crescent does not, according to Metrolinx, require sound mitigation, because it is projected to be only 4.99 dB louder than it is now, and the threshold for mitigation is 5.00 dB. (If your humble correspondent lived on Purdy, he would be writing some angry letters and speaking to his MP and MPP.)
Worst off, however, are the residents of 35 King St, which will be much louder all of the time because it is “economically and practically unfeasible” to create a sound barrier big enough to protect the upper floors of the tower. That area will become 8 dB louder when the daytime trains are running all the time. 8 dB is quite a lot.
Metrolinx has not settled on a design for the sound walls, though they did provide sample images. They are also encouraging members of the public to attend upcoming public meetings on February 7, 9 and 16.
Angry residents of Purdy and 35 King can call 416-581-1300 or email@example.com