NOISE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF HIGH SPEED STEEL WHEEL VEHICLES

A review of scales used for rating environmental noise is presented. One scale, the day-night equivalent noise level, is discussed in detail. Noise levels from present steel-wheel, steel-rail trains are presented and extrapolated for higher speed operation. This information is combined to predict the region of noise impact near a high-speed rail right-of-way. A comparison is made with the region of noise impact near a limited access highway with the same passenger flow rate. It is shown that (1) the region of noise environmental impact for high-speed trains is almost identical to the region of impact for a limited access highway with no trucks, and (2) that the region of impact may be reduced dramatically by using wayside acoustical barriers.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning Transport Associates, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 4824, Duke Station
    Durham, NC  United States  27706
  • Authors:
    • WITTIG, L E
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00095246
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM