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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 46  |  Page : 1--6

Abating New York city transit noise: A matter of will, not way

Lehman College, City University of New York, Council on the Environment of New York City, 51 Chambers Street, N. Y. 10007, New York, USA

Correspondence Address:
Arline L Bronzaft
Council on the Environment of New York City, 51 Chambers Street, N. Y. 10007, New York
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.59994

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From the latter part of the 19 th century, when New York City trains began to operate, until the present time, New York City's Transit Authority has received train noise complaints from riders and residents living near its transit system. The growing body of literature demonstrating the adverse effects of noise on physical and mental health raises the question as to whether transit noise is hazardous to the health of New York City's transit riders and residents living near the transit system. Several studies have examined the impacts of the noise of New York's transit system on hearing, health and learning. Despite the Transit Authority's efforts to remedy transit noise in response to complaints, the noise problem has not yet been satisfactorily ameliorated. This paper will suggest how the Transit Authority could employ techniques that could lower the noise levels of its system and benefit the health and welfare of New Yorkers. The recommendations in this paper could also apply to other cities with major transit systems where noise abatement has not been treated seriously.


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