Environmental assessments of rail projects - The noise factor


  • Bill Aird Canadian Transportation Agency, Ottawa, Ont. K1A0N9


Attenuation, Diesel engines, Environmental impact, Hospitals, Noise pollution, Project management, Railroad tracks, Social aspects, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), Rail crossing, Rail noise, Rail yards


Various aspect of the noise pollution caused by locomotives are discussed. As per the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), a responsible authority must identify all potential adverse effects of the construction and operation of a proposed project and determine whether those effects are significant. Rail crossing and the construction and operation of new railway lines are the two main types of rail infrastructure projects under the Act. It is suggested to consider the source type, location of the source relative to the receiver, time of the day, and the noise level of the receiver while examining the effects of the rail noise.

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Aird B. Environmental assessments of rail projects - The noise factor. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2004 Sep. 1 [cited 2024 Jun. 20];32(3):54-5. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/1624



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