SkyTrain noise irks False Creek condo residents

Clacking of trains going through switches creates 'unacceptable' sound, TransLink told

Condo residents in Vancouver’s northeast False Creek area are begging TransLink to do something to reduce what they say is excessive noise from the frequent SkyTrains that zip by every few minutes until late at night.

Paul Altilia told the TransLink board Friday the “persistent clacking” of SkyTrains going through switches creates an “unacceptable level of noise” for the roughly 4,000 residents or families of the neighbourhood.

“It’s just gotten to a level where the residents of this area are no longer actually able to carry on a normal conversation comfortably on their balconies,” Altilia said, adding SkyTrain noise levels have been measured as high as 90 decibels.

Vivienne King, the president of TransLink’s SkyTrain subsidiary, B.C. Rapid Transit Co., said TransLink has already cut the speed SkyTrains can run through the tight curve there from 65 to 50 kilometres per hour as one measure to try to reduce the noise volume.

“Steel on steel will make noise,” King said. “It will never be silent.”

Maintenance crews regularly grind sections of track to help control noise and SkyTrain wheels can also be reshaped to better fit the profile of the rail.

King said work is also ongoing to replace high-use track switches, but 100 of them need to be replaced across the system and at a pace of about one per weekend the project will take two years.

Beyond that, TransLink is studying options to use noise barriers or dispersers at locations near homes. Those options so far all look expensive and not necessarily reliable, King said.

The rapidly densifying east False Creek neighbourhood never existed when the first SkyTrain line was built in the 1980s – it was an industrial zone.

TransLink board director Larry Beasley said it’s an important issue for TransLink since another 10,000 residents will likely be moving into the area after the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts are dismantled to make way for new development.

SkyTrain runs through the viaducts and near dense condo buildings. bing.com image.

Just Posted

Date set for ‘demolition event party’ at Surrey’s Flamingo Hotel

Mayor McCallum to raise excavator bucket for the ‘ceremonial hit’ on the long-standing building

‘Chest Air’ show in Surrey for storyteller/author Ivan Coyote, prior to city’s Pride festival

‘I want to stop the gerbil wheel a little bit,’ says award-winning artist, who has moved back to Yukon

VIDEO: Life-threatening injuries in South Surrey motorcycle crash

Air ambulance dispatched following incident at 148 Street and 30 Avenue Monday

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Ladner church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Dinosaur statues from defunct Dinotown theme park stolen in Chilliwack

The dinosaur figures once graced the theme park but were destined for Chilliwack fundraiser

Langley’s oldest and last strip bar shuts its doors

The Alder Inn, in operation since 1957, has reportedly been purchased

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

Update: Two shot, two arrested at Toronto Raptors victory rally

The team and several dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau, remained on stage

Oil and gas sector cautious as deadline on Trans Mountain decision nears

Trudeau government expected to announce whether it will approve pipeline for second time on Tuesday

Skipping school costs a dozen B.C. students chance at a new car

Cowichan’s Jared Lammi showed up and won $5,000 cheque toward vehicle, but he can’t drive

Most Read