Noisy trains

Calgary Herald - - LETTERS ETC. -

Re: “Doors open on west LRT,” Dec. 10.

I’m proud that we have added an­other leg to our LRT jew­elry box. It is in­deed very shiny like a bright new toy, but that leaves old toys ly­ing around.

On Sept. 7, 1987, the north­west leg opened to much fan­fare, which at the time, hid a dark se­cret — down­town res­i­dents would be ex­posed to me­tal­lic shriek­ing and squeal­ing sounds that for six months a year (win­ter) are re­lent­less. As the north­west LRT leaves down­town at 7th Av­enue and 9th Street S.W., it has to ne­go­ti­ate a sharp turn that slows the train to a crawl, but also cre­ates a high-pitched sound that is truly apart­ment-pierc­ing.

Af­ter two years of mo­not­o­nous side­walk re­pair and LRT con­struc­tion, I think it’s time the city fi­nally no­ticed that 25 years ago, they cre­ated a slow-mov­ing, noise-in­duc­ing mess, and now be­cause of a lack of space, what can they do? We res­i­dents are left with a bat­tered raggedy old train set that no one wants to play with any­more.

Jack Burmeister, Cal­gary


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