I’m enjoying my visit to San Diego. But I must confess to being surprised at how noisy a city it is. I’ve lived in cities before, including a short stint across from a fire station (ouch). But San Diego easily takes the cake as the loudest city I’ve spent time in.
This is due to the 5 freeway, the airport, and in the harbor area I’m living in, the TRAINS. Three types of trains come through – the trolley, Amtrak, and BNSF freight trains. Each has to BLOW its horn at every intersection. The trolleys horn is almost pleasant. Amtrak, not so bad, but the BNSF ones blast and echo like fog horns. I investigated and found that some train horns are louder than jet engines.
Since most of the downtown urban living centers around the harbor, and thus the tracks, the horns sound many times an hour.
I happened to sit by an active San Diego permanent resident at a cafe yesterday and he told me that new regulations had been passed to keep the trains from sounding horns. It required building better crossing guards and medians, so it won’t happen during my stay.
But the silence will definitely be welcome on future visits.