Turning down the noise in Worcester, Mass.

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February 26, 2013, 6:11 pm
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(NECN: Kristen Carosa) - Turning down the noise: CSX has promised to help Lake Avenue area residents get some relief from overnight train-related noise.

Imagine having to listen to the noise in the middle of the night.

“We are being woken up anytime between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. from the trains,” says Michelle Rennie.

She does doesn't have to imagine the noise because she's living it. And it's not just the train passing by. It's loud blaring horn noises, too.

“Every train that goes by has to blow their horn by regulation... And that's all night,” she says.

As a result, Rennie says she hasn't had a good night sleep in six months and she's not alone.

Seventy-five neighbors met this week with CSX and MBTA officials. They are asking that trains and all the noise that comes with it be off the tracks near their homes in the overnight hours.

“If they can get the trains in and out at a reasonable time frame… six to nine, even 10 p.m., I don't think that would be an issue,” says Louis Quatela, who moved in on Lake Avenue 37 years ago when he didn’t know what he was getting into.

But now, Quatela has to run a fan just stay asleep at night.

CSX is considering making changes to their schedule to help deliver relief to residents.

Quatela says something needs to be done and fast.

“If they don't do anything we are going to ask the city for rebates on our taxes... I think that's fair, if we have to put up with this... They have to give something to us... This is crazy,” he says.

Rennie says she isn't sure if she can take one more night and she isn't sure when it will stop.

“I don't think that this community can go another two months with this problem that we have been having.”

Tags: MBTA, trains , CSX, noise, lake avenue, worcester massachusetts, Kristen carosa, train noise, louis quatela, michelle rennie
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