121 signatures

Sign our petition to make our voices heard. 

- This is a continuation of what our dear friend Cassie started at, but lets us have more tools to dialogue with you and keep you updated. So, if you haven't signed this petition, now is the time. If you have, please watch for our CALM updates soon.

- This is not a complaint about regular train noise. This is about a specific, sustained, high-pitched ring called "rail squeal" that occurs when trains take on a curve in the tracks. 

- The decibel level of the rail squeal in the Seaholm District has, at times, exceeded 100 decibels and into the levels considered traumatic to human hearing—and it's happening sometimes multiple times a day and multiple times a night. This is hurting our local businesses, deterring people from enjoying our outdoor spaces, and making it difficult for people to sleep.

- This disrupts public park areas (Seaholm greenspaces, Electric Drive, Pfluger Pedestrian bridge and portions of the Lady Bird Lake trail), the new Austin Public Library, restaurants (Boiler 9, True Food, Trader Joe's, Super Burrito, Whole Foods, Trifecta, Irene's), multiple small businesses (salons, boutiques, dentists, real estate businesses, attorneys, pet supply stores, medical offices), large companies (Umbel, Under Armour, Athena Health), and homes (Spring Condominium, Seaholm Residences, 360 Condominiums, The Independent, Austin Proper Hotel and Residences, Fifth & West, Northshore, The Bowie, Gables West Avenue, Gables Park Plaza, Gables Park Tower, Amli 300).

- We have rules in place that prevent trains from honking their horns in our neighborhood during sleeping hours, but rail squeal can be louder than train horns and can last longer -- up to several minutes. All including during sleeping hours. 

See Petition text below

photo credit Ron Zack flickr

We're asking for Union Pacific Railroad to dedicate the right resources to eliminate the rail squeal at the source. We'd like UPRR to work with our group to try different solutions and document progress to our community. 

See who else is signing:
MatthewHEF MatthewHEF
Tom Abernethy
Jeanmarie Jackman
Michael Ottavi-Brannon
Laura Lambert
James Lemos
Yoganshi shah
Bob Cantwell
Brian Upshaw
Laina Howell
Preston Morris
Ashley Kargel
Balaji J
Cyrus Anderson
Armando Gallardo
Steve Good
Preston Stilovich
Gaurav Saxena
Tracy K. DiLeo
Jena Johnson
Jeremy Daw
Demi Dupre
Eve Hyatt
David Moore
Elizabeth Buongiorno
Ava Seal
Nicole Willis
Traci Clayton
Scott Allred
Anita Reingard Crase

Will you sign?


  • MatthewHEF MatthewHEF
    signed 2021-07-30 15:57:31 -0500
  • Tom Abernethy
    signed 2021-07-27 22:48:55 -0500
  • Jeanmarie Jackman
    signed 2021-07-23 22:12:07 -0500
  • Michael Ottavi-Brannon
    signed 2021-06-04 12:46:48 -0500
  • Laura Lambert
    signed 2021-01-21 16:05:21 -0600
    This is also a problem in my neighborhood on South Lamar! I’ve lived by trains before and I don’t mind the normal train noise, but the rail squeal was unexpected and has only gotten louder with time. Please fix it!
  • James Lemos
    signed 2020-06-09 16:47:22 -0500
  • Yoganshi shah
    signed 2020-03-16 01:03:32 -0500
  • Bob Cantwell
    signed 2020-03-06 18:01:43 -0600
    This issue can be resolved with better track lubrication. The squeal is costing UP, and the car owners a lot of money due to excessive rail and wheel wear in the curve. Therefore UP has an incentive to improve it.
  • Brian Upshaw
    signed 2020-02-28 19:53:41 -0600
  • Laina Howell
    signed 2019-10-07 10:55:58 -0500
  • Preston Morris
    signed 2019-09-25 23:01:14 -0500
  • Ashley Kargel
    signed 2019-09-25 22:46:31 -0500
  • Balaji J
    signed 2019-09-21 22:44:56 -0500
  • Cyrus Anderson
    signed 2019-06-19 14:53:41 -0500
    Please make it stop!! I just moved into the Independent and face west and this is a terrible sound!
  • Armando Gallardo
    signed via 2019-06-13 08:11:06 -0500
  • Steve Good
    signed 2019-06-09 05:50:03 -0500
  • Preston Stilovich
    signed 2019-05-28 14:53:08 -0500
  • Gaurav Saxena
    signed 2019-05-14 22:19:02 -0500
  • Tracy K. DiLeo
    signed 2019-04-23 17:59:37 -0500
  • Jena Johnson
    signed 2019-04-22 16:23:29 -0500
  • Jeremy Daw
    signed 2019-04-22 16:06:26 -0500
    It’s so ghetto.
  • Demi Dupre
    signed 2019-04-22 15:25:41 -0500
  • Eve Hyatt
    signed 2019-04-22 12:15:31 -0500
    Just moved in to gables park tower.

    Do not plan to renew lease due to train scream.
  • David Moore
    signed 2019-04-22 12:01:40 -0500
  • Elizabeth Buongiorno
    signed 2019-04-22 08:44:49 -0500
    We have tolerated this for 10 years—ever since we moved downtown. Relief please!
  • Ava Seal
    signed 2019-04-21 18:57:08 -0500
  • Nicole Willis
    signed 2019-04-21 17:27:44 -0500
  • Traci Clayton
    signed 2019-04-21 17:23:57 -0500
    Traci Clayton
  • Scott Allred
    signed 2019-04-21 17:04:48 -0500
  • Anita Reingard Crase
    signed 2019-04-21 16:37:37 -0500