How does the train affect our lives when we are not on board? Besides being efficient transportation, train horns can disturb nearby residents and construction can disrupt the landscape by cutting through green spaces.
Artificial sound barriers can block the noise of passing trains, and the prettier and greener option of using trees to muffle the sound is being researched. However, this option takes a lot of time, space, and maintenance, and trees can be ineffective if they are not planted densely enough. Also, planting at the perfect distance from the tracks will prevent root damage and branches from falling onto the tracks, keeping both plants and passengers safe.
Rail development companies must continually seek these new and innovative ways of becoming more neighbourhood-friendly. The simple truth of it is that new transit requires land. Oftentimes, in the development or upgrade of new transit services, government agencies need to acquire private property temporarily or permanently. This requires negotiation with the owners, but even if no agreement can be found then the government agency has the ability to expropriate, or take ownership of the land. In either case, compensation is always offered at the “fair market value” of the property. However, the process can create a complex legal situation that leaves residents and business owners with few options and their lives disrupted.
New transit options are appreciated by many people in the community. Still, these new developments can disrupt neighbourhoods, landscapes, and land owners.
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