Train Noise Concerns in Neighborhood

Submitted by a group of HAND neighbors concerned about train noise:

Will there be an increase in SE Clinton/Division Train Horn noise?
Neighborhood residents have been dismayed to learn that train horn noise in SE Portland could increase significantly as a result of the new light rail line through our area. Because the new route will parallel existing train tracks from OMSI to the Brooklyn Yard, light rail trains will be required to follow federal rules and sound four 110-decibel blasts before each intersection. In addition to the 35 Union Pacific and Amtrak trains each day, which already disturb many SE neighbors, TriMet would bring an additional 170 trains a day through the area. Many believe that much noise would be intolerable.

At the January 20th HAND Board meeting, TriMet’s South Corridor Project Manager Dave Unsworth acknowledged the concerns about this issue. He said TriMet will work with the City of Portland to attempt to get a federally-approved Quiet Zone for the area. Additional safety measures would be required, such as “quad-gates” that would block all lanes of traffic at the tracks. If approved by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Oregon Rails Division, trains would not need to routinely sound their horns, or would be able to sound the horn at a lower-decibel level. We anticipate that Dave will return to the March HAND Board meeting with an update on feasibility of this plan.

Neighbors will need to be diligent to assure that planning for the Quiet Zone remains a priority. Please see related fact sheets for more information. To add your name to an interest list, email:

Handout: Health & Safety Effects
Handout: QZfact sheet

Passport to Dine along Division/Clinton

Nineteen establishments in Division/Clinton are working together to encourage you to come out and enjoy Portland’s best dining district. From coffee shops to lunch spots, to wine bars to topnotch dining — Division/Clinton has it all.

Passport to Dine is the campaign put together by the Division/Clinton Business Association (DCBA) and a team of volunteers with a grant from the Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations. Pick up a Passport at a participating location and get your Passport stamped when you make a purchase. Five stamps enters you in a drawing for a grab bag of gifts and with eight stamps you can be entered into a drawing to win one of seven grand prizes.

Download the Passport to Dine here. The rules, participants and grand prizes are also detailed here for your consideration.

Have questions? Need more information? Contact Lindsey McBride at 503-238-9508

Stay in the loop on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project

Remember the light rail station that’s coming to our neighborhood somewhere in the vicinity of SE 12th and Clinton/Gideon? Here’s a way to keep informed and have your say as the plans are being developed.

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project has a new website to keep you updated on project news and progress. Find planning information, public meeting announcements, a library of important project documents and more.
SEE LINK: Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project

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