This report presents the results of the third task of a five-task program dealing with the reduction of noise from elevated structures in use in U.S. rail rapid transit systems. This report is an inventory and impact assessment of the noise radiated by trains passing on these structures, insofar as this noise is experienced by nearby community residents. An overview is provided of the noise contributions from the various types of structures in nine existing or planned U.S. transit systems operating on 253 km (157 miles). These systems are: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA); Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART); Chicago Transit Authority (CTA); Metropolitan Dade County (Metrorail - under construction); Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA); New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA); Port Authority Transit Corporation of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (PATCO); Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA); and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). These structures are classified into 17 different categories, and noise emission characteristics are determined for each type, based on field measurements and/or published data. Day-night average sound levels are estimated for wayside locations near the elevated structures, and population data are used to evaluate noise impact in terms of the Sound Level Weighted Population (LWP).

  • Corporate Authors:

    Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Incorporated

    50 Moulton Street
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 199 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00328229
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-UMTA-80-29 Intrm Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1531
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM