103 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:
Adrian Kachmar
Ophelia Choice
Shelby Marquardt
Rodrigo Gonzalez
Rene Xavier Gonzalez
Jay Masci
Ryan Sheiner
Mitchell McGovern
Gill Naul
David Calabrese
Harry Zimmerman
Patricio Perez
Jan Aguilar
Nigel Dessau
Laurie Dessau
Monique Montanino
Bryson McIver
John McIver
Dr. Clifford Cunningham
Michael Armstrong
Mark Molnar
Diana Velez
Bryan Horne
Derek Diaz
Isabella Nugent
Sarah Simpson
Kristi Gutzman
Mike Eastman

Will you sign?


  • Adrian Kachmar
    signed 2018-11-27 11:46:26 -0600
  • Ophelia Choice
    signed 2018-11-27 11:38:26 -0600
  • Shelby Marquardt
    signed 2018-11-24 08:35:54 -0600
  • Rodrigo Gonzalez
    signed 2018-11-23 15:08:29 -0600
  • Rene Xavier Gonzalez
    signed 2018-11-23 14:15:42 -0600
  • Jim
    signed 2018-11-21 18:37:31 -0600
  • Jay Masci
    signed 2018-11-18 09:39:22 -0600
  • Ryan Sheiner
    @rsheiner tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-14 15:38:40 -0600
    A ear piercing squeal plagues downtown Austin. Sign the petition to ask the city and Union Pacific to work towards reducing this unwanted and harmful noise.
  • Ryan Sheiner
    signed 2018-11-14 15:38:14 -0600
  • Mitchell McGovern
    signed 2018-11-14 09:44:30 -0600
  • Gill Naul
    signed 2018-11-13 16:44:00 -0600
  • David Calabrese
    signed 2018-11-11 14:14:01 -0600
    My Condo faces the tracks and the noise is extremely loud to the point where it will inhibit a sale should I ever decide to sell. This is louder and more dangerous to local residents hearing and clearly more than any person should have to deal with.
  • Harry Zimmerman
    signed 2018-11-11 13:55:54 -0600
  • Patricio Perez
    signed 2018-11-11 07:19:17 -0600
  • Jan Aguilar
    signed 2018-11-09 07:04:44 -0600
  • Nigel Dessau
    signed 2018-11-07 16:50:15 -0600
  • Laurie Dessau
    signed 2018-11-07 16:47:33 -0600
  • Monique Montanino
    signed 2018-11-07 16:41:34 -0600
  • Bryson McIver
    signed 2018-11-07 13:39:47 -0600
  • John McIver
    signed 2018-11-07 13:31:33 -0600
  • Dr. Clifford Cunningham
    signed 2018-11-03 19:36:55 -0500
    Noise must stop soon or I will move to another city. Damaging to both humans and pets.
  • Michael Armstrong
    signed 2018-11-03 19:25:01 -0500
    Train is so loud I can’t be on my balcony as it passes.
  • Mark Molnar
    signed 2018-11-03 02:37:01 -0500
  • Diana Velez
    signed 2018-11-02 23:02:01 -0500
    Diana Velez
  • Bryan Horne
    signed 2018-11-02 17:19:06 -0500
  • Derek Diaz
    signed 2018-11-02 17:14:49 -0500
  • Isabella Nugent
    signed 2018-11-02 17:00:57 -0500
  • Sarah Simpson
    signed 2018-11-01 08:03:47 -0500
    Both as a former resident of the rail area and as someone that continues to frequent the area today, I support finding solutions to lessen the rail squeal and general noise in this area – including making this a commuter rail line be heavy freight.
  • Kristi Gutzman
    signed 2018-10-25 15:44:26 -0500
  • Mike Eastman
    signed 2018-10-24 08:55:01 -0500