Florida to Test Windows to Silence Loud TrainsJuly 10th, 2015 by Casey Flores
There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of a train’s horn—and Sanford, Fla., residents have had enough of it.
The SunRail train station, operated by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), has been waking up the locals since its May 2014 inception, some as early as 4 a.m., according to the Orlando Sentinal.
So FDOT is testing noise-reduction windows in order to address residents’ complaints.
“It’s just a study at this point for the windows,” an FDOT spokesperson told DWM. “The windows would be put in two homes to see how beneficial the noise-reducing is.”
Steve Olson, media contact for FDOT’s Central Florida location, says the testing recently had a minor setback.
“We’re still working with neighbors. The option we presented to them is not quite what we’re looking for,” he says.
FDOT secretary Jim Boxold told WFTV news that while it’s unusual to see a public entity supplying private homes with improvements, “that’s an indication of the lengths we’re willing to go to make sure we’re good neighbors.”
With increased urbanization and infrastructure needs, sound reduction has become a major focus of localities. In New York City, E-zone codes have been implemented in which buildings in dense areas are required to meet sound-attenuation standards. To accommodate this, acoustical interlayers, such as PVB, have been used to reduce sound transmittance.
Specialty chemical company Kuraray, for example, is doing a case study on laminated glass in a living community built under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York which utilized the company’s soft PVB interlayer to create an acoustical glazing solution.
The company’s Valerie Block says states like Florida are more equipped to deal with sound-reduction goals because of their impact glazing. While people don’t think about sound when ordering laminated glass, she says it can help with that as well.
The windows FDOT plans to install will cost up to $4,000 per home, according to a report.
Beyond sound-reducing windows, FDOT also proposed constructing a sound wall at a cost of nearly $1 million, but that has not happened yet. Olson says the department is also hoping to adjust the locomotives themselves.