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Killion Proposes Closing Portion of Glenwood Road

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm


In response to complaints about train horn noise that have been received from residents living along Upper Boulevard, Deputy Mayor Keith Killion last night proposed permanently closing Glenwood Road between Upper Boulevard and the HoHoKus border.

Closing this section of Glenwood Road would eliminate a street level railroad crossing, which would in turn MIGHT reduce the need for train engineers to sound their horns when traveling through the area.

However, there remains a grade level railroad crossing at Hollywood Avenue in HoHoKus and the HoHoKus train station itself. Train engineers would still be required to sound their horns at those locations.

So the question for Deputy Mayor Killion is: Would closing the Glenwood Road hill offer Ridgewood residents any true relief?

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  1. I think that is a bad idea. As is pointed out there is another crossing about two blocks down at Hollywood Ave. so this idea would do nothing but cut off access to HHK via Glenwood on the Ho Ho Kus hill.

  2. This is silly and would add to more traffic on Glen road, which is already over traveled.

    The train has always made that noise and anyone who has lived near the train is used to it. Tell the whining newcomers to suck it up like the rest of us have done for years.

    It is only going to get worse once the Ridgewood station is turned in to a NJ Transit hub — that is the battle our council should be fighting if they have not already lost it.

  3. The people knew about the train when they purchased their homes. We should not change traffic flow to appease them. Deal with NJ Transit for resolution – they are the ones causing your distress.

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  4. NJ Transit is a state powerhouse that follows Federal laws.

    They have and will continue to laugh in the faces of those who created quiet zones.

    NJ Transit does not have to obey the laws of local governments. For 1 the train tracks have been there in many cases before the town and as said before NJ Transit does not follow local laws only FRA regulations.

    Besides I highly doubt NJT will remove a safety device such as a train horn. Good luck with your cause.

    If you want proof to see how well quiet zones work, head to Montclair where that town enacted the zones. Train engineers not only ignore such an order but now they frequently taught home owners by doubling the noise whenever they can. I find it funny.

    Save your fight for a battle that is actually winnable.

  5. When you live along a RR right of way, you know there is going to be noise form the trains.

    You wanna hear noise, try the old steam trains that used to go back and forth on the same tracks.

  6. This is a terrible idea.

    Bad for Ridgewood traffic and residents.

    That is one of the easiest routes to Ho-Ho-Kus.

    Besides, I like the train horns. It hearkens to an era gone by.

  7. Good idea.

    Trains make noise.
    Punish cars.


    …and we thought that Killion was the voice of reason in the Council…Oh well, wrong again.

  8. dumb idea. bad enough they closed off racetrack road/rt 17…it used to be the way for the residents of upper ridgewood to get home.. since that was closed all the traffic going to upper ridgewood exits rt 17 on lindwood…and that created traffic probs on walthery. a real solution would be to make NJ transit put a bridge OVER the tracks on glenwood. OR..spend the $$ to improve BOTH the hollywood ave and glenwood ave crossings with FOUR gates…which then allows the trains to pass WITHOUT the horns per the federal laws.. thats the simple answer

  9. Let me see…I bought a house near a railroad crossing. But, I don’t like the sound of railroad horns. Maybe if I complain loud enough, the political winds that blow Killion and Zusy around will compel them to close the public road that crosses the tracks so the trains don’t have to blow their horns. ( I don’t care that drivers will have to drive half way around town to travel a distance that is now only a few hundred yards). Hell…if I am really lucky, maybe Killion will lobby to have the railroad track diverted further from my house. So what if it inconveniences someone else or costs them a few extra bucks in their taxes. At least I get what I want. I am so glad that Killion is so easily manipulated without giving much thought to what he says or does. I should have voted him into office long ago. This town is great!

  10. STUPID

  11. May I remind everyone that the horns are sounded for a reason — SAFETY!!!!!

    I will be at any and all future council meetings to be sure this is part of the discussion!!!!

  12. i want to propose a new law. ALL trucks have to blast their horns past every intersection. same stupidity as the train crossing law. If your windows are closed and the stereo is on, you cant hear the train as you sit in your car. I think the trains should be equipped with the ‘cow catcher’ devices so they can just hit the stupid car and push it to the side so the inevitable accident doesnt inconvenience the commuters on the train.

  13. A lot of the residents complaining about the train noise are the same ones who say that the residents near Valley should have known better before buying their houses. This is a perfect example of NIMBY syndrome.

  14. Valley people are fine with the hospital the way it is. It is the major addition/construction/traffic/change in neighborhood that they are opposed to.

    The trains have been blowing their horn for years. A safety concern. They are not changing anything. If you bought a house near a train and you don’t like it – move.

  15. actually years ago the trains did NOT blow their horns all nite long.nor did we have the amount of overnite freight traffic, despite having 4 tracks back then (if you are new here you dont recall that). the fed laws changed because some dumbasses got hit by trains. now all of upper ridgewood has to listen to this crap, FOUR long horns @ both glenwood and hollywood.

  16. actually years ago the trains did NOT blow their horns all nite long.nor did we have the amount of overnite freight traffic, despite having 4 tracks back then (if you are new here you dont recall that). the fed laws changed because some dumbasses got hit by trains. now all of upper ridgewood has to listen to this crap, FOUR long horns @ both glenwood and hollywood.

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