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:
Bryan Horne
Derek Diaz
Isabella Nugent
Sarah Simpson
Kristi Gutzman
Mike Eastman
Evie Ellis
Sean Brown
Dan McClellan
Elizabeth O'Connor
Alyssa Potasznik
Katy Hutcheson
Jeff Dickey
Kelly Brown
Richard Freeman
Db Stone
Ralph DeBernardo
Irene Shoghi

Will you sign?


  • 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
  • Evie Ellis
    signed 2018-10-23 22:16:53 -0500
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  • Sean Brown
    signed 2018-10-23 14:36:25 -0500
  • Dan McClellan
    signed 2018-10-23 12:41:15 -0500
  • Elizabeth O'Connor
    signed 2018-10-22 12:31:56 -0500
    Having lived in Austin for 3 years within a mile of these train tracks, I can honestly say the noise is incredibly disruptive and in many cases painful to hear. It disrupts everyone trying to work, sleep or just relax. I know we can find a solution that will work for the train companies and the community!
  • Alyssa Potasznik
    signed 2018-10-18 18:59:42 -0500
  • Katy Hutcheson
    signed 2018-10-10 07:10:07 -0500
  • Jeff Dickey
    signed 2018-10-08 09:07:54 -0500
    There must be a way to eliminate the squeal (really loud) without disrupting the rail service and critical logistic/transportation functions. Let’s find it!
  • Kelly Brown
    signed 2018-10-08 08:14:52 -0500
  • Richard Freeman
    signed 2018-10-08 03:33:07 -0500
  • Db Stone
    signed 2018-10-07 17:17:44 -0500
  • Ralph DeBernardo
    signed 2018-10-07 14:04:03 -0500
  • Irene Shoghi
    signed 2018-10-07 13:30:52 -0500