Only on 4: West Berkeley residents upset over loud train horn


BERKELEY (KRON) —  It’s the sound that’s been keeping West Berkeley neighbors up at night for years.

Up to a hundred trains pass through the neighborhood every day, but now, there’s a construction boom bringing more people within earshot of the tracks. KRON 4’s Kate Cagle explains what all the racket is about.

“It’s a very loud noise,” one resident said. “When the freight trains go by, it shakes the house. Feels like an earthquake.”

But in West Berkeley, neighbors said it’s not just the decibel, but the frequency too. Each day, more than 74 trains come through the neighborhood.

They run all day and all night, neighbors said. Federal law requires conductors to blast their horn at all seven street crossings.


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