Noise from Brightline service a concern in West Palm Beach

Noise from Brightline service causing concern in West Palm Beach. (WPEC)

Brightline will begin service to Fort Lauderdale this Saturday from West Palm Beach.

Many people including Mayor Jeri Muoio are worried about the noise since the quiet zones have not been established as promised.

Brightline promised to create a continuous quiet zone and to silence the trains horns along a five-mile stretch of railway in West Palm Beach.

With service starting this weekend the Mayor is disappointed that the quiet zones aren’t up and ready to go.

Chris Tomas says the train horns are loud and his neighbors won’t be happy with more noise.

“Most of them that live in the apartments here are elderly so I’m sure they want their peace and quiet and if they’re told something is going to be done and it’s going to be quiet when I’m sure they’re expecting it,” said Thomas.

The city is working with Brightline to establish quiet zones for freight and passenger trains between 15th street and Gregory Place, but they say they won’t be operational for another four to six months. That’s later than promised and too loud for City Place South Tower which sits right along the tracks.

The Board of Directors sent a letter to Mayor Muoio asking the city to halt service until the quiet zones are complete.

They believe the additional noise threatens the emotional and physical well-being and quality of life for West Palm Beach residents.

“They should be sad that it’s not going to be quiet for another 6 months,” said Thomas.

Once the quiet zones are implemented trains won’t be required to blow their horns unless there is an emergency.

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