Bristol residents raise concerns about overnight train noise - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Bristol residents raise concerns about overnight train noise

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Residents in Bristol are complaining about overnight train noise (WFSB) Residents in Bristol are complaining about overnight train noise (WFSB)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

An increase in train traffic is causing late night headaches for some homeowners who live in Bristol.

Many have been sharing their concerns on social media about loud whistles waking their families in the middle of the night.

There was no train traffic around 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, but in the middle of the night, residents say it’s a different story.

“Goes by, doesn't stop. Maybe for like 20 minutes to a half hour you do hear the noise and it's done,” said Juan Gonzalez, of Bristol, who added that he hears the trains sometimes at 2 or 3 a.m.

The freight trains are carrying local goods, and are traveling through Bristol and Plainville.

Parents said the noise is waking up their children in the middle of the night.

The train company, Pan-Am, said the reason the trains have been running late at night or early in the morning is because business is up and deliveries need to be made.

Pan Am said the increase in traffic started around September as local companies need their goods delivered.

A train was added to the schedule.

During the day, one train will run six days a week, and at night, two trains will run four days a week.

For some people, they said they don’t mind the noise.

Pan Am said federal regulations call for whistles and horns to be sounded, especially at train crossing, if there is a trespasser, or if they pass a car or another train on the tracks.

The company said they’ll look at the train schedule to see if they can tweak something, but as long as there is demand, the trains will likely keep running.

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