July 31, 2002
Aspen bus noise pollution is so objectionable that I borrowed the Environmental Health Department noise meter in order to record the noise levels produced by the Aspen buses on Durant Avenue, as they brake for the stop sign and then accelerate to turn the corner onto Aspen Street – causing disturbing noise levels throughout the community – every five minutes.
I am hoping that these readings are sufficient proof of noise pollution to cause the city to take action.
My noise level readings were only from single buses, yet frequently one bus follows another, so there is frequently double the noise level. On some occasions there are three buses in the intersection at the same time – making the noise unbearable as the buses brake and accelerate to turn the corner.
Even with my TV set at full volume, I am not able to hear the TV sound when these buses pass. Considering that these buses pass every five minutes, the noise is very disruptive to the peace and quiet of our town. I am told that hikers at the top of Ute Mountain are appalled at the noise level rising from Aspen.
I understand that Boulder has quiet buses, so let’s study and consider the success of other towns. On behalf of the many residents of Aspen with whom I have spoken who are troubled by noise pollution, I implore you to find a means of reducing the bus noise which spoils the natural beauty and tranquility of our fair town.
Since the knowledge to take the necessary action is available, I submit that we must also have the will to make the necessary changes to ensure a more tranquil and inviting atmosphere for ourselves and our visitors.
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